Henri Cartier-Bresson’s book, The Decisive Moment. Several people have asked me about this book. Well..
I love it!
If you are a fan of his work or just appreciate this kind of work, you probably will too.
They (Steidl) have done a nice job with the reprinting of this book. This is the first copy I’ve seen but I’ve heard they put a lot of effort into matching the earlier productions including the packaging and cover artwork by Matisse.
I’m by no means a book reviewer or critique, but I love the printing and the paper quality.
The Foreword by Cartier-Bresson alone make it worth buying this book. It’s very enjoyable to read his thoughts and approach to photography and art.
I’ve heard some say that this book is a disappointment when compared to the sharp contrasty black and white photography of today, but I disagree. If you’re buying this book (which ain’t cheap!) it’s because you’re already familiar with this photographer’s work and live it. If you fall into that category this book is a wonderful collection and resource.
Here’s a video that Ted Forbes (The Art of Photography) put out, doing a better job of covering this book in more depth.
If you want your own…
I bought my book from Amazon. If you’re looking to buy a copy of this book you can see it Amazon.com. (not an affiliate link)