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Book Review: An Inner Silence, The Portraits of Henri Cartier-Bresson

An Inner Silence is a concise collection of portraits from the renowned photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson. After a short foreword from Agnes Sire and introduction by Jean-Luc Nancy, you are left alone to peruse nearly 100 photographs at your leisure – and you’ll want to absorb the book in this way.

This is not the sort of collection you should attempt to digest in one sitting. Like an expensive box of chocolates, you wouldn’t necessarily work your way from top to bottom in a linear fashion and neither would you over face yourself just for the sake of finishing. Rushing through either is likely to leave you remorsefully unsatisfied.

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