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New York: Simon and Schuster, (1955). First Edition. 163 images, lusciously printed, of Cartier-Bresson's work in Russia. "This volume is, in effect, a first peek behind the Iron Curtain," states this book's jacket. When attempts to obtain a visa to enter the country from the Russian Consulate failed, Cartier-Bresson sent a copy of The Decisive Moment to the Society for Cultural Relations in Moscow. Upon arrival, he and his wife moved about freely with an interpreter; he claimed no interference with the resulting work. Like The Decisive Moment, this book was printed in Paris by Draeger Frères under Cartier-Bresson's direct supervision. An incresingly scarce title.
Fine; a tight clean copy with signs of tanning to cover edges. In a Very Good dust jacket with fading along spine, light rubbing and soiling, wear along edges including a small closed tear and some slight loss along edges.