Robert Doisneau

Robert Doisneau
Robert Doisneau photographed by Bracha L. Ettinger in his studio in Montrouge, 1992.jpg
Doisneau in his studio in Montrouge, 1992
Born
Robert Doisneau

(1912-04-14)14 April 1912
Died1 April 1994(1994-04-01) (aged 81)
Montrouge, France
Resting placeRaizeux
EducationÉcole Estienne, 1929 graduate, diplomas in engraving and lithography
OccupationPhotographer, engraver
Known forStreet photography, Le baiser de l'hôtel de ville (The kiss by the town hall)
TitleChevalier of the Order of the Legion of Honour
Spouse(s)Pierrette (née Chaumaison)
Children2

Robert Doisneau (French: [ʁɔbɛʁ dwano]; 14 April 1912 – 1 April 1994)[1] was a French photographer. In the 1930s, he made photographs on the streets of Paris. He was a champion of humanist photography and with Henri Cartier-Bresson a pioneer of photojournalism.[2]

Doisneau is renowned for his 1950 image Le baiser de l'hôtel de ville (Kiss by the Town Hall), a photograph of a couple kissing on a busy Parisian street.

Doisneau was appointed a Chevalier (Knight) of the Legion of Honour in 1984 by then French president, François Mitterrand.[1]

Photographic career

Doisneau 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 André Kertész, Eugène Atget, and Henri Cartier-Bresson, in more than twenty books he 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

Doisneau's work gives unusual prominence and dignity to children's street culture; returning again and again to the theme of children at play in the city, unfettered by parents. His work treats their play with seriousness and respect.[citation needed]