The Mind’s Eye: Writings on Photography and Photographers

Henri Cartier-Bresson

This compilation of writings by Cartier-Bresson is pretty random and obviously written over a long period of time. But its brevity makes up for the lack of flow. His opinions of photographic technique are interesting, sometimes useful and sometimes not. He was not a fan of color photography: As opposed to black, which has the most complex range, color, on the contrary, offers only a fragmentary range. Though that was largely because of the state of color film processing at the time of that writing, 1985. His philosophy of “The Camera as a Sketchbook” is certainly well received by the photobloggers of today, though who knows what he thought of digital photography. The writings on particular places his visited to photograph (China, Moscow, and Cuba) are perhaps the best part of the book.