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Robert Doisneau


PhotoUtopia Intro: There is an art to street photography, over the years I have had students that seem able to capture life on the streets unnoticed and other students that, talented as they might be, comeback empty handed after hours of pounding the same streets. Doisneau is possibly the greatest street photographer of all time, through his lens the world seems filled with cinematic moments, an enchanted world of juxtapositions, grand gestures and quiet moments of significance. He portrays Paris as a magical place filled with poets, musicians and love. Growing up I wanted to visit this land, a land I had explored in the photobooks of Doisneau. But it was one mans vision and however captivating Paris may be, it will never live up to Doisneau’s vision. See also Cartier-Bresson


Robert Doisneau (April 14, 1912, Gentilly, Val-de-Marne – April 1, 1994), was a French photographer. In the 1930s he used a Leica on the streets of Paris; together with Henri Cartier-Bresson he was a pioneer of photojournalism. He is renowned for his 1950 image Le baiser de l'hôtel de ville (Kiss by the Hôtel de Ville), a photo of a couple kissing in the busy streets of Paris. Robert Doisneau was appointed a Chevalier (Knight) of the National Order of the Légion

Robert Doisneau was one of France's most popular and prolific reportage photographers. He was known for his modest, playful, and ironic images of amusing juxtapositions, mingling social classes, and eccentrics in contemporary Paris streets and cafes. Influenced by the work of Kertész, Atget, and Cartier-Bresson, in over twenty books Doisneau has presented a charming vision of human frailty and life as a series of quiet, incongruous moments.
"The marvels of daily life are so exciting; no movie director can arrange the unexpected that you find in the street." Robert Doisneau.

Official Site: http://www.robert-doisneau.com/fr/
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