The Decisive Moment – 1st Edition, 1952 – Magnum Photos

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This is a first American edition of Cartier-Bresson's most famous and important book. Illustrated with 126 full or double-page heliogravures of Cartier-Bresson's photographs. With dust jacket and boards specially designed by Henri Matisse for this work.

The Decisive Moment "contains what is probably Cartier-Bresson's most comprehensive and important statement on the meaning, technique, and utility of photography. The title refers to a central idea in his work—the decisive moment—the elusive instant when, with brilliant clarity, the appearance of the subject reveals in its essence the significance of the event of which it is a part, the most telling organization of forms" (Britannica).

Henri Cartier-Bresson (1908–2004) was born in Chantelou-en-Brie, France. He initially studied painting and began photographing in the 1930s. Cartier-Bresson cofounded Magnum in 1947. In the late 1960s he returned to his original passion, drawing. In 2003 Cartier-Bresson established the Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson in Paris, one year before his death.

First Edition, First Printing.

Condition

Fine Minus; a lovely, bright, tight, clean copy with white covers in excellent condition with only slight tap at corners, as is the spine/backstrip which shows only slight toning; in a Fine - unclipped Dust Jacket showing only slight wear to edges and head and heel of spine with no tears and a hint of soiling/foxing to panels; with a fine captions booklet laid in.

  • Format: Hardcover with Dust Jacket
  • Size: 12 x 15 inches
  • Pages: 126
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster in collaboration with Editions Revue Verve
  • Publication Year: 1952

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This is a first American edition of Cartier-Bresson's most famous and important book. Illustrated with 126 full or double-page heliogravures of Cartier-Bresson's photographs. With dust jacket and boards specially designed by Henri Matisse for this work.

The Decisive Moment "contains what is probably Cartier-Bresson's most comprehensive and important statement on the meaning, technique, and utility of photography. The title refers to a central idea in his work—the decisive moment—the elusive instant when, with brilliant clarity, the appearance of the subject reveals in its essence the significance of the event of which it is a part, the most telling organization of forms" (Britannica).

Henri Cartier-Bresson (1908–2004) was born in Chantelou-en-Brie, France. He initially studied painting and began photographing in the 1930s. Cartier-Bresson cofounded Magnum in 1947. In the late 1960s he returned to his original passion, drawing. In 2003 Cartier-Bresson established the Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson in Paris, one year before his death.

First Edition, First Printing.

Condition

Fine Minus; a lovely, bright, tight, clean copy with white covers in excellent condition with only slight tap at corners, as is the spine/backstrip which shows only slight toning; in a Fine - unclipped Dust Jacket showing only slight wear to edges and head and heel of spine with no tears and a hint of soiling/foxing to panels; with a fine captions booklet laid in.

  • Format: Hardcover with Dust Jacket
  • Size: 12 x 15 inches
  • Pages: 126
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster in collaboration with Editions Revue Verve
  • Publication Year: 1952

The Magnum Store usually ships orders at least three times a week, on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. To calculate shipping please go to your Cart.

International Orders:
Please note that if you choose First Class International for orders up to 4lbs or up to $400, delivery can take up to 30 days and tracking may not be available for your country.

If you choose Priority Mail International for your order delivery usually takes between 6 to 10 days depending on your country. Tracking will always be available.

If you prefer a different shipping method or an alternative shipping company, please email store@magnumphotos.com. All shipments are insured.