New York: Simon & Schuster in collaboration with Editions VERVE of Paris, 1952. First edition. Hardcover. 126 stunning full page black and white photographs from around the world by the French photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson (1908 - 2004), considered to be the founder of photojournalism, who developed the method of candid or street photography from which the expression "the decisive moment" derives. In his own words, "Photography is not like painting. There is a creative fraction of a second when you are taking a picture. Your eye must see a composition or an expression that life itself offers you, and you must know with intuition when to click the camera." (Washington Post, 1957).
At the rear of the folio is the following information on the production of the volume: "This book, with a cover designed and executed especially for it by Henri Matisse, is a selection of 126 photographs from the work of Henri Cartier-Bresson. The French Edition by Verve (Images a la Sauvette) and the American Edition by Simon and Schuster (The Decisive Moment), were conceived and composed by Teriade with the collaboration of Marguerite Lang. The engravings and printing is the work of the master printers Draeger Freres of Paris. It was completed the 22nd of July, 1952."
Folio, 126 photographs, text, Index. White illustrated boards, designs by Henri Matisse. Spine toned, small 1 1/4" chip at head of spine, rear board very faintly toned. Small previous owner signature top of front free end paper. With the Captions brochure loosely inserted. OCLC: 6557867. Very good condition. Item #18514