Originally Posted by michaelwj
HCB has some masterpieces. For example the first half of his book The Decisive Moment is mostly excellent, and can be considered a masterpiece when viewed in the historical context. The second half however is a real disappointment for me and far from a masterpiece of artistic photography, and taken without historic context falls very flat. Itís almost as if two different photographers contributed to the book. I would say that everything in the second half of the book (except a few historical photos like Gandhiís funeral) has been done better since. After all, for a photo to stand outside of historical context it must be better than every other example of that photo.
I agree that the choice of photos for Cartier-Bresson's books should have been left to me.