In Association with Amazon.com

Masters of Photography
CDROM VERSION
POSTER STORE
ABBOTT
ANSEL ADAMS
ROBERT ADAMS
ALVAREZ BRAVO
ATGET
BELLOCQ
BLOSSFELDT
BOURKE-WHITE
BRANDT
BRASSAÏ
CALLAHAN
CAMERON
COBURN
CUNNINGHAM
DeCARAVA
DOISNEAU
EGGLESTON
EVANS
FENTON
FRIEDLANDER
GOWIN
GUTMANN
HILL&ADAMSON
HINE
KARSH
KERTÉSZ
KLEIN
KOUDELKA
LANGE
LARTIGUE
LAUGHLIN
LEVITT
MAPPLETHORPE
MEATYARD
MEYEROWITZ
MODEL
MODOTTI
MUYBRIDGE
NADAR
NEWMAN
O'SULLIVAN
OUTERBRIDGE
PARKS
PENN
RIIS
RODCHENKO
SALGADO
SHERMAN
SHORE
SMITH
SOMMER
STEICHEN
STIEGLITZ
STRAND
TALBOT
UELSMANN
WALDMAN
WATKINS
WESTON
WHITE
WINOGRAND
WOLLEH
Robert Doisneau

Text from Wikipedia

Doisneau, Robert
French, 1912-1994

Robert Doisneau (April 14, 1912 - April 1, 1994), French photographer noted for his frank and often humorous depictions of Parisian street life.

Among his most recognizable work is Le baiser de l'hôtel de ville ("Kiss by the Hotel de Ville"), a photo of a couple kissing in the busy streets of Paris, which has come to represent the French manner of living, accurately or not, to many parts of the world. The original print of this iconic image was sold for 155,000 Euros by Françoise Bornet, the woman in the photograph, at an auction in April 2005. Bornet and her then boyfriend Jacques Carteaud posed for the seemingly spontaneous photo in 1950.

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.

  • 1912 Born in Gentilly, Val-de-Marne

  • 1929 Graduated from lithography school l'Ecole Estienne in Chantilly

  • 1930 Camera assistant to sculptor André Vigneau

  • 1932 First photo story in Excelsior (French magazine)

  • 1934-39 Publicity photographer for Renault; fired for truancy

  • 1939 Drafted into the French army ("la Résistance") during World War II, where he acted as a soldier, photographer and printer

  • 1946 Joined the Rapho photo agency

  • 1949-52 Photographer for French Vogue

  • 1992 Retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art, Oxford

  • 1994 Died in Montrouge


 


Buying posters through this link
supports Masters of Photography

articles photographs resources Home FAQ Contact