The Decisive Moment – Inscribed 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).

Inscribed by Henri Cartier-Bresson

Condition

Very Good Plus; a solid, clean copy with a tight binding and hinges firm, light overall shelf wear and toning to front and rear boards, slits to paper covering the boards along rear joint and top of front joint (merely cosmetic), 1 1/2 inch of loss to backstrip at head of spine (affecting half of the photographer's name), and 1/2 inch of loss to lower backstrip at heel of spine (again both are cosmetic and does not affect the integrity of the binding which remains solid); in a Very Good dust jacket with toning, soiling and edge wear with not large tears or pieces missing from front or rear panels, spine more heavily toned with 1/4 inch of loss to head and heel of spine, also has a thin 2 inch long area of loss along the rear joint just above the word decisive, and the spine has been heavily reinforced along the verso of the spine with archival tape.

  • Format: Hardcover with Dust Jacket
  • Size: 14.25 x 10.5 inches
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster
  • 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).

Inscribed by Henri Cartier-Bresson

Condition

Very Good Plus; a solid, clean copy with a tight binding and hinges firm, light overall shelf wear and toning to front and rear boards, slits to paper covering the boards along rear joint and top of front joint (merely cosmetic), 1 1/2 inch of loss to backstrip at head of spine (affecting half of the photographer's name), and 1/2 inch of loss to lower backstrip at heel of spine (again both are cosmetic and does not affect the integrity of the binding which remains solid); in a Very Good dust jacket with toning, soiling and edge wear with not large tears or pieces missing from front or rear panels, spine more heavily toned with 1/4 inch of loss to head and heel of spine, also has a thin 2 inch long area of loss along the rear joint just above the word decisive, and the spine has been heavily reinforced along the verso of the spine with archival tape.

  • Format: Hardcover with Dust Jacket
  • Size: 14.25 x 10.5 inches
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster
  • 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.