The Decisive Moment (英語) ハードカバー – 2015/2/24
Its value as an out-of-print collectable has risen over the past few decades resulting in keeping this masterpiece out of the hands of many younger photographers. Finally, after 62 years, it is again seeing the light of day this December with a gorgeous facsimile from the German publishing house Steidl.--Jeffrey Ladd "TIME Lightbox "
Reprinted to the exact specification of the original, including Henri Matisse's collage cover design, Steidl's care and craftsmanship is astounding. At 11.5" by 15", it's actually too large for my bookshelf. The spreads are sized according to the dimensions of the framelines of Cartier-Bresson's beloved Leica camera, allowing for a single large image, two vertical images, or four smaller horizontal images to fit on each spread. The sequencing is seamless and affecting-it is one of the most immersive experiences I have ever had with a book. The book's physical presence and high image quality demands not only respect for the work inside, but for it to be treated as a work of art in and of itself.--Evan Paul Laudenslager "theartblog.org "
Within the canon of European photography books it would be difficult to find one more famous, revered and influential as Henri Cartier-Bresson's Images a la Sauvette or, as the American edition is titled, The Decisive Moment.
Cartier-Bresson captured people in a flash in a private or telling moment, rather than how they might formally present themselves, and in the process offered an essential truth about the human condition.--Marjorie Backman "Afterimage "
More than ten years after his passing, the renowned street and social documentary photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson--who so famously coined the term "the decisive moment," or the second when all of the compositional elements of a scene come into harmony--continues to charm, fascinate and inspire photographers worldwide. The Decisive Moment (Steidl), Cartier-Bresson's book that was first published in 1952 by Simon and Schuster, is reentering the market. This latest edition, which will also be covered in Matisse cutouts like the original, highlights the photographer's revered early work, and it will come with a booklet of an essay on the history of The Decisive Moment by Clément Chéroux, the Centre Pompidou curator.--Libby Peterson "Rangefinder "
A decisively beautiful object that belongs in the library of anyone who cares about photography... From editing and sequencing to packaging, it's a masterpiece.--Pat Padua "Spectrum Culture "
Diligently reproduced to the finest detail, Steidl seems to have resisted the urge to over embellish the new edition with unnecessary addendums. Cartier-Bresson likely would have dismissed an elaborate reconstruction of his book as crass and egregious. The Decisive Moment is about the aesthetics of coincidence, and the faith to follow intuition. Like every brilliant unexpected moment, things can never be truly recreated, but only faithfully retold.--Krystal Grow "Wired "
It's immediately obvious that The Decisive Moment is a hedonistic delight, at least if your idea of hedonism is flexible enough to extend to the tactile and visual pleasure of a photography book.--Gary Cockburn "One Thousand Words "
One of the most influential (and yet hardest to find) photobooks in print gets the Steidl gold-standard reprint treatment here. Available for the first time in sixty years, Henri Cartier-Bresson's Decisive Moment still sizzles with taut, kinetic energy. From the Matisse-designed cover through the tightly edited image selection, it's a brilliant mix of street photography and reportage, photos that, despite being perfectly composed, feel very alive. Many of them have evolved from classics to cultural wallpaper. The book reminds us of Cartier-Bresson's genius--just in case you needed a reminder.--Mark Murrmann "Mother Jones "
The Decisive Moment has finally been republished. Sixty-two years on, it still carries the weight of its initial importance - even if the notion of the decisive moment no longer holds sway as it once did; staged photography, conceptual strategies and digitally manipulated images have all but rendered it old-fashioned except to purists, photojournalists and street photographers.--Sean O'Hagan "The Guardian "
背表紙の出版社表記（SIMON and SCHUSTER New YorkとSTEIDL）と「The Decisive Moment」と題が表記された次（裏）の頁に目次が追記された以外は原版を忠実に再現していますが、肝心の写真イメージは最近の復刻写真集と同様コントラストがほんのわずか高いためにオリジナルではぎりぎり判別できた詳細が潰れぎみなのが異なります。木立の前に立つ帽子に外套姿の紳士の眼などのイメージで顕著です。ただし、並べないと分からない程で作家も適正露出よりシャッターチャンスに重きを置いたことを尊重し、開いたときの印象を大事にしたのかもしれません。
The page size is the same but the spiels in between chapters are in English making this version somewhat leaner. Cheaper too.
I have read some reviews that criticised the quality of the photos but don't let this put you off as Cartier-Bresson used very few pieces of equipment and we mustn't forget the era in which they were taken - some are 90 years old!