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was auctioned on: 31 October 2019
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Henri Cartier-Bresson (1908-2004) & Wolf Koenig (1927-2014), French/Canadian

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Estimate: CA$5,000 - CA$7,000
ca. US$3,801 - US$5,321
Price realised:  n. a.
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Henri Cartier-Bresson (1908-2004) & Wolf Koenig (1927-2014), French/Canadian PHOTOGRAPHS BY CARTIER-BRESSON (1908-2004) AND WOLF KOENIG (1927-2014) FROM THE PRODUCTION OF THE FILM "LE QUÉBEC VU PAR CARTIER-BRESSON" 1969, AND THREE BOOKS BY CARTIER-BRESSON The lot includes: Three Photographs: One photograph by Cartier-Bresson: “Portrait of two women at a reception” (From the National Film Board’s, "Le Québec vu par Cartier-Bresson"), 1969 Black and white silver print mounted to a support; the backboard inscribed “Original photograph / By Henri Cartier-Bresson / Taken for the film “Le Quebec-De Henri Cartier-Bresson” (NFB)” in pen and ink verso Together with: Two photographs by Wolf Koenig: "Henri Cartier-Bresson with his Camera" (two variant views), 1969: Two silver prints, one on Agfa paper, the top edge with staple holes, folded backwards; inscribed at the top edge centre: “H. CARTIER-BRESSON” and inscribed at the top right edge: “150/B” in pencil, further annotated: “Henri Cartier-Bresson / photographed by Wolf Koenig/ for the film on him - while C-B was in Montreal” in pen and ink verso, the other on Fujifilm paper Accompanied by three books by Cartier-Bresson including: 1. "Photographs” by Cartier-Bresson (Grossman, New York, 1963). Presumed 1st American hardcover edition with 47 black and white photographs plus a few forward pages of text. Dust jacket; 2. "The Europeans / Photographs by Henri Cartier-Bresson" (Simon and Schuster in Collaboration with Editions Verve of Paris, 1955). First edition in English. Cover designed and executed by Joan Miro, containing a selection of 114 photographs (many double-page) by Henri Cartier-Bresson taken from 1950-1955. Ex-Libris “Wolf Koenig”, his pen and ink signature on the front free end paper; presentation copy, autographed and inscribed “To Wolf Koenig amicalement from H.C.B.” to the half-title page, the typeset title “The Europeans” re-titled "some Europeans" in pen and ink by Cartier- Bresson; 3. "The Decisive Moment" (Simon & Schuster, 1953). Cover design made especially for the book by Henri Matisse (with reproduction of his signature on back cover). This edition features a selection of 126 photographs of Henri Cartier Bresson. Caption booklet laid in. The lot also includes a hand-written letter from Cartier-Bresson to Wolf Koenig addressed to him at the National Film Board, Montreal, contained in the original mailing envelope, post-marked “Cocoa Beach, Florida: June 28’67", and with Cartier-Bresson’s hand-written name and return address ℅ Mrs. Helen Wright / New York in pen and ink to the verso of the envelope; Also including a four-page typed essay by Koenig in which he described the tumultuous effect of encountering Mr. Cartier-Bresson's words and pictures as a 28-year-old aspiring filmmaker desperate to embrace the possibility of moving outside the studio to film real people in their own milieux. Various sizes 8 x 12 in — 20.3 x 30.5 cm; 9.4 x 14 in — 24 x 35.5 cm; 14.5 x 10.75 in — 36.8 x 27.3 cm

Informations about the auction
Auction house: Waddington's
Title: Fine Prints & Photography
Date of the auction: 31 Oct 2019
Address: Waddington's
275 King Street East, 2nd Floor
M5A 1K2 Toronto, Ontario
Canada
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