Between 1930 and 1947, Henri Cartier-Bresson, and Walker Evans traversed the United States, photographing a country emerging from a great depression and surviving a world war. Though not done in conjunction with, nor consecutively, the resulting collection of images is breathtaking.
With distinctive styles of photography from each man, this book, Walker Evans & Henri Cartier-Bresson: Photograph Americahas been published, first in France, with a beautifully meshed portrait of an America, told from a homeland and observers perspective.
They had a shared love of the US and were also members of a very special club: the mutual admiration society.
Steidl, the current photo book printing masters, have produced this 160 page book, grouping of images you may not be familiar with. Not simply a rehash of previous publications,this has been published complimenting an exhibition of many of these works, which has been on display at the Fondation HCB in Paris.
OK, enough gushing.
We brought one of these books, currently unavailable, back from Paris for you. (Sorry, no Laduree left, but they were delicious.)
It’s in French, but the photographs are well….in that old universal language.
It won’t be available in English til the April 2009, but one of you can get your hands on this now. Actually, it was bought at the The Bibliotheque Nationale de France, and it was the last copy available. Purchased on the last morning before returning to the states. True story.
The details on getting this book, will be in your weekly NEWSLETTER , that we know you’ve signed up for.
It comes out on Wed. at 9:00AM PST, so if you have interest in free stuff, and a one stop catch-up on what has been going on the previous 7 days, sign up by Tues.
If you are not familiar with these 2 artists, here is an iconic image from each:
[photopress:h2_2001.415.jpg,full,centered]Â© Walker Evans Alabama Tenant Farmer Wife, 1936
[photopress:henri_cartier_bresson04.jpg,full,centered] Â© Henri Cartier-Bresson Behind the Gare St. Lazare