The new book of Interviews and Conversations made with Henri Cartier-Bresson between 1951 and 1998 has just been published by Aperture. A pure delight to read, full of exciting details and inspiring facts, this collection brings together twelve interviews with the master, most of which have not been reissued in English since their publication.
From the early training as a painter and the favourite Leica lenses of 35, 50 and 135 mm and the second 1.5 50mm for darker conditions to the experiences working with one of the greatest french film makers, Jean Renoir, this book is truly difficult to put down if you have a strong interest in all things photographic. The early history of MAGNUM, Cartier-Bressons exhibition at the MOMA, his early years on the Ivory Coast, the nature and the expression of the decisive moment, the discussion of politics in photography, you will find all these issues discussed in this little but very powerful book. I picked my copy at the Aperture headquarters in New York and could not put it down.
Most curious are the names Cartier-Bresson mentioned when asked about his heroes in real life: Parmenides, Heraclites, Lao-tsu, the Buddha, Pierro della Francesca, Bach, Rimbaud, Cezanne, Bonnard, Degas….
The book can be found here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Henri-Cartier-Bresson-Interviews-Conversations-1951-1998/dp/1597113921/