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The Europeans - Henri Cartier-Bresson

The Europeans: Photographs.
First American edition. Folio. Unpaginated. B&W plates in colour illustrated boards. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1955.
Lacking a dust jacket. Discoloured boards with wear to the spine and edges.

Cartier-Bresson's incredible second monograph with cover artwork created especially by Joan Miro. A collection of 114 gravures showing life in post war Europe, taken over a five year period. Cartier-Bresson was himself a prisoner of war coming to terms with his own experience. His lens would not shy away from poverty and ruins, sensitively moving between intimate details of urban and rural life. The captions and foreward written for his photographs act as an evocative journey in themselves. From the exquisite pastries served in Madrid's oldest restaurant, to the unemployed man in West Germany with a sign hanging from his neck 'I am looking for work, any kind', to the 'Old shepherd guarding a herd of horses belonging to a wealthy landlord, near Ariza in Castille. He has never been beyond the mountains that loom on the horizon.'

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