Back around Christmas time I considered buying my dad the “Photographing America: Henri Cartier-Bresson / Walker Evans” book at Borders. However, it was still wrapped in plastic. It’s nice to give someone a book still wrapped in plastic so they can have the fun of being the first person to open the book. However, I couldn’t open the book in the store and make a proper decision as to whether or not I should buy the book. I’m familiar with Bresson and Evans‘ work, as any photographer should be, but I would have really liked to see what sort of information was in the book (essays, photo selection, overall design).
Instead I wound up buying him “Magnum Magnum“. It provides great profiles and sample photos of tons of different photographers that worked under the Magnum umbrella which ironically enough had Henri Cartier-Bresson as one of its founder members.
(I was going through my cell phone pics recently which explains the late entry of this story.)