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An Inner Silence


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A dazzling selection of Cartier-Bresson's most memorable portraits, including such diverse personalities as Picasso, Carl Jung, Marilyn Monroe, Lucian Freud, Coco Chanel, Tony Hancock and the Dalai Lama


Henry Cartier-Bresson, who helped define the field of artistic photo reportage in the 20th century, was a prime inspiration to successive generations of artists well before his death in 2004. This book by Sire (director, Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson, Paris) and Nancy (philosophy, Universit? Marc Bloch, Strasbourg) presents 97 of the master's portraits, which appeared in a recent exhibition in Paris and span seven decades of his career. The portraits depict the famous and the less well known and capture Cartier-Bresson's "perfect moment" in both the corporeal and psychic senses, expanding on the undeniable prescience of this photographer's lens and compelling the viewer's attention. As with his other work, there is a formal, subtle, and uncanny logic to these black-and-white compositions, some of them previously unpublished. Alexander Calder, the patriarch of kinetic sculpture, is placed in a frame dominated by structural beams suspended above his doglike grin. A wizened Ezra Pound looks empty-souled, his freakish halo of white hair spotlighted by raking sunlight at St. Elizabeth's Hospital. And the boyish Truman Capote withdraws to an even smaller size amid broadleaf hothouse plants. This fine update to Cartier-Bresson's long out-of-print Photoportraits (1985) is highly recommended for all libraries.-Douglas F. Smith, Oakland P.L., CA Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Published to coincide with the first exhibition at the Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson in Paris, this handsome collection spanning 70 years of image-making gathers 97 portraits by one of the defining photographers of the 20th century. Stripping away artifice from his subject, Cartier-Bresson could capture a personality with a click of his legendary Leica. The book collects portraits of world leaders, artists, celebrities and ordinary citizens, including many famous images-e.g., Sartre and Pouillon standing on Pont Des Arts-and a few iconic ones, like a young Truman Capote on a New Orleans bench engulfed by large leaves. Several pictures, including arresting images of Carson McCullers, Joan Mir?, Susan Sontag and Francis Bacon, are previously unpublished. Some of the images confirm the persona of the subject: Carl Jung puffing on his pipe and William Faulkner rolling up his shirt sleeves as dogs nip at his heels. Others shed light on a familiar figure: Martin Luther King lost in thought at his cluttered desk, pen in one hand and his forehead resting in the other. These masterful photos blend the spontaneity of a great snapshot with the highly organized composition of a classical painting. 97 tritone reproductions. (May) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

'Relentlessly brilliant ... as I turn the pages of this book I experience a sort of quiet awe' - Black & White Photography
'Totally arresting and utterly beautiful' - Metro
'Another release of spellbinding images from the master's archive ... one gets from his images a real sense of curiosity about the human spirit' - Amateur Photographer
'What an astonishing haul - and how gloriously they have been captured. Rembrandt would have loved this book' - Independent

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