This lavishly illustrated monograph - published to accompany France's first major retrospective since the photographer's death in 2004 - traces Cartier-Bresson's development as a photographer, activist, journalist and artist.
In addition to some of Cartier-Bresson's best-known photographs, included here are many seldom seen or unpublished images and some rarities in colour as well as black-and-white.
From his earliest photographs in Paris in the 1920s and Africa in the 1930s, Cartier-Bresson's capacity to conjure coherence and harmony out of a chaotic world appears effortless and innate - a deep-centred attitude rather than a merely learned technique.
His observations of the effects of poverty and revolution around the world led directly to his pioneering photojournalism and to his co-founding of Magnum Photos.
He became renowned for his penetrating portraits of the most prominent figures of his time, becoming, in the words of his biographer Pierre Assouline, `the eye of the century'.
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 400 pages, With 500 illustrations in colour & black and white
- Publisher: Thames & Hudson Ltd
- Publication Date: 24/03/2014
- Category: Individual photographers
- ISBN: 9780500544303