|Picnic near Telavi|
Henri Cartier-Bresson traveled around the USSR (by the way, the title of the book is very misleading, as the book is really about the different Soviet Republics) in 1972 (the year after I was born). This book is like some surreal time-traveling machine for me. It even has several shots of my hometown, Rustavi, where I was born and graduated from high school before moving to Tbilisi in 1989. I literally get goosebumps just thinking that Bresson was shooting in my hometown in 1972 when I was one. I simply had to have this. Amazon.com sellers offer the book as well, but unfortunately their prices start at $80.00 and up. I was shocked to learn that Bresson was allowed to freely roam in the USSR in 1972. This book is truly amazing and so special to me. It will be treasured by me and hopefully by my children as well.
|Workers in the iron and steel complex in Rustavi|
|Rustavi: the old town was destroyed by invading Persians in the 17th (?) century, the new town has been built around the iron and steel complex (this is from HCB book, but I think old Rustavi was destroyed much earlier)|
|Tbilisi: the old town|
"I am neither an economist nor a photographer of monuments, and I am not much of a journalist either. What I am trying to do more than anything else it to observe life".
"I leave it up to those who leaf through these pages to answer the questions the photographs may pose or those that may arise in their minds as they look at them; in other words, the photographs should serve to stimulate the viewers' own reflections."
Speaking of books ordered online, I just received my own copy of Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel. So far I have just looked through it. Can't wait to actually read the book.