Publisher: Thames & Hudson
Book theme: Portraits & Selfies
Author: Agnes Sire & Jean-Luc Nancy
Street Date: May 10, 2010
Item Number (DPCI): 247-18-0218
Originally published to coincide with an exhibition at the Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson in Paris, this book features both well-known images and previously unpublished portraits: Ezra Pound, Andre´ Breton, Martin Luther King, Samuel Beckett, Truman Capote, Susan Sontag, Carl Jung, William Faulkner, Marilyn Monroe, Henri Matisse, and many more.
Each photograph was chosen because it perfectly embodies Cartier-Bresson's description of what he was attempting to communicate in his work: "Above all I look for an inner silence. I seek to translate the personality and not an expression." The portraits reproduced here--discreet, without artifice--confirm once more the singular gift of Cartier-Bresson, who instinctively knew in which revealing fraction of a second to click the shutter.