The mind's eye: writings on photography and photographers

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Aperture, Sep 1, 1999 - Performing Arts - 109 pages
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The first compilation of writings by a master of photography.

One of the leading lights in photography of the twentieth century, Henri Cartier-Bresson is also a shrewd observer and critic. His writings on photography and photographers, which have appeared sporadically over the past forty-five years, are gathered here for the first time. Several have never before appeared in English.

The Mind's Eye features Cartier-Bresson's famous text on "the decisive moment" as well as his observations on Moscow, Cuba, and China during turbulent times, which ring with the same immediacy and visual intensity that he brings to his photography.

Cartier-Bresson remains as direct and insightful as ever in his writings. His commentary on photographer friends he has known-including Robert Capa, André Kertész, Ernst Haas, and Sarah Moon-reveal the impassioned and compassionate vision for which Cartier-Bresson is beloved.

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User Review  - Esra Bestel - Goodreads

Great photographer and great writer... "In a World that is buckling under the weight of profit-making, that is overrun by the destructive sirens of techno-science and the power-hunger of globalization - that new brand of slavery - beyond all that, friendship exists, love exists." Bresson 1998 Read full review

Review: The Mind's Eye: Writings on Photography and Photographers

User Review  - Austen_wodehouse - Goodreads

Though not an instruction book for learning the art of photography, I found this book to be a very interesting read. Read full review


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Henri Cartier-Bresson studied painting and literature until 1930, when he began his work in photography. His other books include The Decisive Moment and The Drawings of Henri Cartier-Bresson. He lives in Paris.

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