Cartier-Bresson Here and Now

Henri Cartier-Bresson

Here and Now

  1. Clément Chéroux
  2. Foreword by Alain Seban
  • ISBN 9780500544303
  • 29.50 x 24.50 cm
  • Hardback
  • 400pp
  • With 500 illustrations in colour & black and white
  • First published 2014
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This lavishly illustrated monograph – published to accompany France’s first major retrospective since the photographer’s death in 2004 – traces Cartier-Bresson’s development as a photographer, activist, journalist and artist. In addition to some of his best-known photographs, here are many seldom seen or unpublished images, and some rarities in colour as well as black and white.

‘A must for lovers of photography’ – The Mail on Sunday
‘Magnificent … a marvellous book in which you can literally lose yourself’ – The Good Book Guide
‘One of the most comprehensive studies of the man and his work … informative and completely captivating.… this is not just a biography and exploration of the work of a profoundly great photographer but also a social history, a revelation of humanity through politics, war, work and play’ Black & White Photography
‘Deeply informative’– British Journal of Photography
‘A treasure trove of iconic imagery … [the] twentieth century’s finest photo album’– ProperMag.com


This is an indispensable work for lovers of photography and admirers of Henri Cartier-Bresson, whose influence continues to endure so powerfully today.

His work embraced art, politics, revolution and war. But more powerful than any of these overarching themes was his evident concern for the human individual at every social level. Cartier-Bresson’s observations of the effects of poverty and revolution around the world led directly to his pioneering photojournalism, and his co-founding of Magnum Photos. He also became renowned for his penetrating portraits of the most prominent figures of his time: Cartier-Bresson’s biographer Pierre Assouline called him ‘the eye of the century’.

Clément Chéroux is a historian of photography and curator of the 2014 retrospective exhibition at the Centre Pompidou, Paris.