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Subject: RE: [Leica] Cartier-Bresson exhibition
Date: Wed, 18 Sep 2002 22:11:11 +0600
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Pierre Assouline in his book "Cartier-Bresson: the eye of the century",
published in France in 1999 (Plon Publishers) gives the following account
of Capa's recommendations to HCB (pages 204-205 of the French edition):
" Watch out for labels. They sound reassuring but they stick and later you
will not be able to get rid of them. Yours will be "the small surrealist
photographer:. You will be lost, you will become affected. Carry on with
your own style but with the label of  a photojournalist  nd hide the rest
deeply in your heart...' the translation is mine and I apologize for how it
sounds. I am convinced that Capa's original version must have been much
more vigourous.
Pierre Claquin

At 09:36 AM 9/18/02 -0400, you wrote:
>Actually, he does NOT consider them to be photojournalism. He has publicly
>stated, on I assume more than one occasion, that the only reason he once
>called himself a "photojournalist" is that Robert Capa told him that if he
>called himself a surrealist, no one would hire him. But if he called himself
>a photojournalist, he would find work.:-)
>HCB is a surrealist photographer who has in his life time done some
>He may not call himself an artist - although I find that hard to believe -
>but if he calls himself a photojournalist, he does so with a laugh.
>B. D.
>-----Original Message-----
>[]On Behalf Of John
>Sent: Wednesday, September 18, 2002 9:38 AM
>Subject: Re: [Leica] Cartier-Bresson exhibition
>HCB does not consider his photographs to be art. He considers them to be
>photo journalism. As such, he does not  limit editions so the prints
>sell for about $5000US and have done so for the quite a few years. Do
>not expect them to rise in value much as they are not particularly rare.
>His original work prints from the fifties and sixties are what the
>collectors want and pay big bucks for. This annoys the heck out of HCB
>who goes to great lengths to make sure they do not get released for sale.
>John Collier
>On Wednesday, September 18, 2002, at 08:42 AM, Lee England wrote:
>> 	The prices were $5,000 a print and included some of his most
>> famous.  Does anyone have any experience with the prices these prints
>> bring?  If $5,000 is fair, the value will only go up, especially for
>> signed prints.  One of these would be a lot more fun to own than some
>> MCI-World Com stock.
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