31 May 2007
Images à la Sauvette -- The Decisive Moment. Paris: Verve, 1952. Quarto (360 x 270mm). 126 black and white photographs. Original illustrated papered boards REPRODUCING AN ORIGINAL DESIGN BY MATISSE (spine lightly and evenly sunned, a few scattered spots on the endpapers).
FIRST EDITION. 'ONE OF THE GREATEST OF ALL PHOTOBOOKS', and that which introduced the enduring concept of 'the decisive moment' (The Photobook). 'Cartier-Bresson's precise organization of forms has come to be the standard against which that of all other photographers is measured, and this book is its proper expression' (101 Books). The book was an immediate success, and inspired countless artists and photographers. This first edition, unlike the American co-edition was issued with the captions bound-in and without dust-jacket. WITH A 2-PAGE MIMEOGRAPHED TYPESCRIPT ABOUT THE WORK laid-in, a technical report to photographers by Richard Simon, of Simon and Schuster, publishers of the American edition. 101 Books, pp.134-35; The Open Book, pp.154-55; The Photobook, p.208.
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