Collections Highlight: Henri Cartier-Bresson

  • Posted on Aug 14, 2014 by

On August 22, 1908, French photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson was born. 2014 marks the tenth anniversary of his death. Cartier-Bresson was and still is widely known as a photojournalist and for his street photography.

Éditions Verve, Paris, published the book Images à la sauvette in 1952. It is comprised of a forward by Cartier-Bresson and a portfolio of 126 of his photographs. The same year Simon and Schuster, New York, in partnership with Verve released an English-language edition entitled The Decisive Moment. Margaret Shore, who was the Paris bureau chief of Magnum Photos, translated the original French text into English. Both editions of the book were conceived and composed by Tériade with the collaboration of Marguerite Lang, and have a cover design by Henri Matisse.


Copies of the The Decisive Moment can be found in the collections of all three New York Art Resources Consortium (NYARC) libraries.

Suz Massen, Chief of Public Services, Frick Art Reference Library

Images: The Decisive Moment, 1952, Frick Art Reference Library. Photo: George Koelle.

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