Cartier-Bresson’s France by Henri Cartier-Bresson
First Edition, First Printing, 1971
This is a first edition, first printing of “Cartier-Bresson’s France” published by The Viking Press, New York in 1971 with photographs by Henri Cartier-Bresson and text by Francois Nourissier. Henri Cartier-Bresson travelled around his native France for eighteen months taking the photographs for this book. Most of the 265 images are black-and-white, and a few are color. None of these images had been published before. . From the publisher: “Henri Cartier-Bresson is one of the few photographers whose work can be discussed in the same terms as that of a great painter. In this book he devotes his superlative gifts to executing a loving, yet honest and unsentimental, photographic portrait of this native land and its people …Cartier- Bresson took a year off from regular assignments to photograph this book. All of the 265 illustrations included here are new, including the color photographs, his first ever to be published in color. Featured with the photographs is a full-length study of France and the French by the distinguished writer Francois Nourissier. Photographer and writer have combined their talents to reveal every aspect of their French heritage: the beauty of the countryside, the contradictions between the traditional and the new, and the fascinating trivia of everyday life.”
Containing 265 black-and-white and 17 color photographs and measuring approximately 12.5” x 10”, the book is bound in white covered boards with a photographically illustrated dust jacket. The book is in FINE- condition with a trace of dust soiling to the top edge. The dust jacket is in FINE- condition with some minor soiling. The dust jacket is protected with a mylar cover. Overall, this is a highly collectible copy of Cartier-Bresson’s photo tribute to his homeland.