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The Decisive Moment originally called Images a la Sauvette is one of the most famous books in the history of photography, assembling Cartier-Bresson's best work from his early years. Published in 1952 by Simon and Schuster, New York, in collaboration with Editions Verve, Paris, it was lavishly embellished with a collage cover by Henri Matisse. The book and its images have since influenced generations of photographers. Its English title has defined the notion of the famous formal peak in which all elements in the photographic frame accumulate to form the perfect image. Paired with the artists humanist viewpoint, Cartier-Bressons photography has become part of the worlds collective memory. This new publication is a meticulous facsimile of the original book. It comes with an additional booklet containing an essay on the history of The Decisive Moment by Centre Pompidou curator Clement Cheroux.

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TrEs beau livre par la couverture de Matisse et par les magnifiques photos de HCB. L'édition est de qualité. Cadeau reussi
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delivery is little long as expected but good quality packing to protect this big book
very nice book full of history with HCB photographs full of sense, composition, emotions
a must have for every passionate photographer
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Amazing Reproduction of the Original 8 février 2015
Par Kevin - Publié sur
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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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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Amazing facsimile of the original book (updated) 6 février 2015
Par Matt Barnett - Publié sur
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***JANUARY 2017 EDIT***

This book is so good, I bought a second copy for when it is eventually out of print.

***JUNE 2016 EDIT***

Someone wrote: "this book is worth every penny." No. This book is worth MORE than every penny. To get it for under $100 is unimaginable. It's a fantastic book worthy of any photographer's collection.

***JUNE 2015 EDIT***

I am so thankful I ordered this book, waited six months and landed a copy in February 2015.

I took mine to a local university and compared it, side-by-side, to the original book. Steidl produced an exacting copy down to the finest detail. Aside from being in newer condition, I'd have a hard time telling the 2015 version from the 1952 version.

There are better books featuring Bresson's work. Sure. No question. But that's like saying the newest Ford Mustang is better than the 1964 1/2 Ford Mustang. "Better" being about as subjective as it gets. "The Decisive Moment" is a classic. This cannot be argued and it belongs on any photographer's bookshelf,

Now it appears to be out of print once again. Will we have to wait another 50 years for it to be printed again? If so, I have mine safely tucked away.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 I think that this classic book has many of his greatest photographs. His essay in this book can be ... 5 février 2016
Par John B photo nut - Publié sur
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I have an orginal photograph by Cartier Bresson and it is in this book. I think that this classic book has many of his greatest photographs. His essay in this book can be found in a few other books about photography. One needs to shop around for the best price for this book. It still is not cheap. This is the greatest photography book that I own. I had a chance to check out the orginal book in a library many years ago.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Reproduction Faithful to the Original 8 février 2015
Par T. H. Walker - Publié sur
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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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5.0 étoiles sur 5 This book is a great bargain. I could never afford the $500 and ... 2 mai 2017
Par D. Butterfield - Publié sur
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I am a photographer and long time photo book collector. This book is a great bargain. I could never afford the $500 and up for an original, 1952 edition. Not in the 70s, 80s, 90s, not today either. Moe's Books in Berkeley had them and I certainly spent hours over the years admiring and putting back on the shelf. I've seen some stupid one-star pans in the reviews here. I can assure you, this is not gravure printing but the printing is as close to how I remember seeing the original for the first time. Magnifico! Steidl has recreated The Decisive Moment and for $77.58, I gladly take it. You won't be sorry if you do the same.
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