The Europeans. Photographs and introduction by Henri Cartier-Bresson. Published in New York by Simon and Schuster in collaboration with ?ditions Verve, Pairs, 1955. 114 pp. (plus text) First edition. Folio. Cover designed and executed by Joan Miro. 114 full-page gravure reproductions. 8 pp. caption booklet. Remnants of original acetate jacket (Small loss to front; appx. 1/3 loss to rear; printed front flap and rear flap included).
"Cartier-Bresson worked on The Europeans for five years, a short period if one considers that the famous Images ? la sauvette [The Decisive Moment] of 1952, was the fruit of twenty years' labour. Its presents a dense portrait of a Europe where, ten years after the war, accumulated ruins, as well as traces of hunger and misery on people's faces were still clearly visible. In the preface, nevertheless, Cartier-Bresson states that whether we are just passing or settled down in a particular place, in order to express a country or situation, one needs to have somehow established a close working relationship, to be supported by a human community; living takes time, and roots take shape slowly...Amplified and enriched, the work of the photographer with soles of wind is revealed in all it's grandeur."--Jean Clair, Maison Europeene de la Photographie, Paris Included in Parr and Badger The Photobook: A History, Vol. 1
Near Fine-; tight binding; scattered foxing, very lightly age darkened; small chip at base of spine; with short area splitting to joint (less than 1"); light wear to 'tips'; partial jacket includes front flap with publishers description; rear flap laid in.