An Inner Silence: The Portraits of Henri Cartier-Bresson

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C-B's book of portraits Tête-à-Tête came only six years ago. However, this selection, from an exhibition at the Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson in Paris, has the edge in both design (usually a single picture to a double spread) and reproduction (tritone instead of duotone).

C-B has captured his subjects lost in thought, even with such flibbertigibbets as Monroe and Capote. Beckett's glance retains a raptor quality. Sartre's alarming strabismus enables him to look fore and aft on the Pont des Arts. Pound glares madly, his forehead lined like a station approach. What an astonishing haul – and how gloriously they have been captured. Rembrandt would have loved this book.