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Reproduction Faithful to the Original 8 février 2015
Par T. H. Walker - Publié sur
Format: Relié
I would like to second Kevin's comments on the excellent quality of the Steidl reproduction. I have the original TDM and side-by-side comparison makes clear that Steidl has done an excellent job of reproducing the original gravure print quality. The blacks are slightly darker in the original, thanks to the ability of the gravure process to lay down ink, and the original has a slightly different quality to the varnish on each image (a slight bit more gloss with the original). The Steidl edition paper is similar to the original in weight and feel (and a bit brighter than my aging original), and contrary to comments from some reviewers the 'sharpness' is fully comparable to the original (and I've never thought sharp was a big thing for HCB). Overall the reproduction yields images that look very much like those in the original.

The real issue here for many reviewers may simply a lack of familiarity with gravure reproduction. If one can get over the fact that it doesn't look like today's (truly excellent) high-end lithographic reproduction, it's possible to appreciate the subtle beauty of the result. For other examples of great gravure, see Paul Strand's La France de Profil or Robert Doisneau's La Banlieue de Paris, both of which are lovely in a way that's totally different from the printing of today's high-end photo books. Steid's version of The Americans also does a nice job of capturing the quality of the gravure first editions.

It's all a bit like arguments over whether inkjet printing looks better on matte or baryta paper. Both can be beautiful but represent different aesthetics. So don't buy this book if you don't like gravure. But if you do, or at least want an edition that is very faithful to the original, the Steidl is it.
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Amazing Reproduction of the Original 8 février 2015
Par Kevin - Publié sur
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
I read these reviews lamenting the horrible print quality while waiting for me pre-ordered copy to be delivered and expected to be terribly disappointed. They were so negative I was ready to return the book without opening it. Reviewers claim that the photos look like copies of copies and that HCB never would have let his work be presented this way. Because of these reviews, I though the Steidl facsimile of the original must have been blundered somehow. It was only at my fiancées insistence that I even bothered unwrapping the book to take a look at it (she knew how excited I was about the book coming out and even offered to pay for it if I didn't like the edition).

I just took my copy out of the shrink wrap, and couldn't be more pleased. I am Thrilled with this book.

Here is some background that may be helpful. Several months ago, when I heard this book was being reprinted, I decided to see if my university's interlibrary loan service could track down a copy is the rare, valuable, original for me to borrow, to see if I wanted to buy the Steidl edition when released. I figured it was a longshot since a book this rare and valuable is risky to lend out. But the library was able to get it for me and I can tell you that Steidl did a PERFECT job reproducing it. It is literally as though you are holding a brand new copy of the original in your hands (except better, because the photos haven't faded over 50 years and had hundreds of students' hands on the pages- they look fresh as they should).

So I have to admit, I'm really baffled by the negative reviews, especially one that claims to have seen the original. If people think the photos look like copies of copies, well, that's what you would have thought of the original too. Yeah, they're not hyperglossy, but neither was the original book. End of story. It's EXACTLY what the version of the original edition I had looked like (but, again, only better: because it's new, not missing the dust jacket, and comes in a nice slipcase).

I can tell you as someone serious about photography books ( and ones from Steidl as well: I've spend lots of $ on Steidl's gorgeous editions of William Eggleston's work) and street photography itself, you should not let these negative reviews of the print quality dissuade you.

The content, of course, speaks for itself: the book is an absolute masterpiece.

So I would really advise you just see for yourself what you think. You may be disappointed if you think they will look like digital photos. But they are not now, and they never were. What they are is faithful to HCB's vision for the book.
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Amazing facsimile of the original book (updated) 6 février 2015
Par Matt Barnett - Publié sur
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
Having had the opportunity to review the original 1952 "The Decisive Moment" side-by-side with Stedil's facsimile reprint, I can only give this book nothing less than my enthusiastic five star approval.

Steidl has recreated the original Bresson classic to exacting detail and you should have no hesitancy in buying this book. Everything is correct: from the size, to the cover, to the paper used down to the prints themselves. Precise recreation of the original. Given some of the early reviews here, I thought something had gone horridly wrong. But comparing the two books side by side, I'm left baffled by these bad reviews.

I've gone through and compared each photo...side by side...and I can only say "Bravo!" This is THE recreated "The Decisive Moment" you've been waiting for. If I could, I'd award it ten stars...

* * * * * * * * * *

...I just did.


I simply love this book. Most of the negative reviews here are written by people who don't understand this book. It's an exact recreation of Bresson's 1952 book. An accurate facsimile. The complaints about the paper quality or print quality are uninformed. It's as precise to the '52 book as you can get. It would be like Ford releasing an exact reproduction of the 1964 1/2 Mustang, and then people complaining that it doesn't have GPS, built-in Pandora radio or power locks.

...Order this book before it's out of print...
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Grateful for the Reprint, But... 7 février 2015
Par K. Tanaka - Publié sur
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
This was unquestionably a landmark book that represented not only a retrospective of HCB's self-declared best works over 20 years but also a new era in photography books. The original Simon & Schuster edition is extremely scarce and far too expensive for most camera enthusiasts to ever even see. So I salute Herr Steidl's determination to republish this work for a new generation. It must have been quite a project.

But I do wonder if Herr Steidl didn't meet this challenge with a bit too much desire for fidelity? In the 60 years since this book was first published the standards in both photography and graphic arts have changed dramatically. Complaints about the "poor image reproduction quality" fundamentally reflect this shift to the degree that tastes have changed. I recall the original book being printed in deep, rich photogravure. This intaglio-style process deposited copious amounts of ink on the paper to achieve the deep darks. Photogravure also had a characteristic tactility that no other process can match. But today photogravure is long gone. It was a very specialized process requiring equipment and craftsmanship that even Herr Steidl could not resurrect. He seemed to do his best with modern pressmanship techniques. Unfortunately while the results are sometimes convincing they are often anemic when compared to original photogravure. To today's photo enthusiasts weaned on over-sharpened, over-contrasted photos on social sites the images will look like they've been run through a washing machine.

What's more, the end boards curl outward like Shirley Temple's hair. I can literally slide the book out of its slip case and start a countdown from 30 to watch the top board curl like a flower opening towards the sun. That's not a terrible issue but it is a great disappointment and a surprise to see such a detail overlooked, or a corner cut, by Steidl. This was, after all, not a cheap book!

Personally, I think that Herr Steidl should have applied the full power of contemporary graphic arts technologies to this republication of The Decisive Moment. Gerhard Steidl is arguably the best printer of photobooks of our times. His skills and his legendary devotion to details are unmatched in the industry. I know that he could have produced a new TDM that would have greatly exceeded the original book's quality while remaining faithful to HCB's concept and images. But I get the impression that he may have become intimidated by the process or diverted by the doubtless many parties who must certainly have been screeching in his ears. So perhaps some fidelity to the original book's reproduction processes has produced what amounts to a photocopy of a The Decisive Moment.

So, yes, I'm rather disappointed by the results of this book particularly after waiting 6+ months on back-order here. My advice to prospective buyers: get a used copy unless you positively need it new. This edition will certainly not be a collectible edition and you should be able to find used copies for at a substantial discount shortly. If you're genuinely enchanted by the work make an effort to view an original copy of the book at a library, such as a major university or museum library. You'll be impressed.
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At first I was disappointed by the lack of rich blacks and pure whites ... 15 février 2015
Par Amazon Customer - Publié sur
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
There are different views on the quality of the reproductions in this re-issued edition printed by Steidl. At first I was disappointed by the lack of rich blacks and pure whites which made the photographs appear washed out and often blurry. There seems to be very little contrast in almost all the images. When I compared identical photos from other books of Cartier-Bresson's the first thing I noticed was the off-white, nearly yellow look of the paper used in this edition. The other thing that jumped out was that the size of the prints are much larger than those usually found in other books and several images are double spreads. This seems to add to the blurriness and lack of contrast. It is the off-white near yellowish paper that gives these images such a different "look". Something tells me that original publication back in the 50's had a similar paper stock and that they have tried to duplicate that "look and feel". Initially, I was temped to return my copy, but have decided to keep it and tell myself that it's supposed to a true reproduction of the classic original.
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