Wednesday, April 25, 2018

French Photographer Robert Doisneau

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Robert Doisneau Photographer

Photographer Robert Doisneau (1912-1994)

Robert Doisneau Le Baiser de l'Hotel de Ville
Le Baiser de l'Hôtel de Ville
Robert Doisneau was one of the most prolific and talented photographers of his time, honing his craft as a member of the French Army during World War II. The artist's compelling black and white photographs captured private moments of everyday life, as well as profound images related to the occupation and liberation of his native France.

I fell in love with Robert Doisneau's Le Baiser de l'Hôtel de Ville many years ago, and have a framed print hanging on my office wall. "Le Baiser" is of course, The Kiss, a common nickname for this photo. "l'Hôtel de Ville" translates to City Hall.

Though this particular photograph was staged, the fact was hidden for more than 40 years until a petty lawsuit forced Robert Doisneau to reveal the identities of his models. Robert Doisneau had seen the couple kissing on a Paris street, and asked them if they would do it again for a photo.

It doesn't matter to me that the photo was staged ... I've often lost myself in this image. It takes me to a street in Paris for just a few moments during a hectic day.

Though it remains Robert Doisneau's most recognizable work, Le Baiser de l'Hôtel de Ville is just one of thousands of the artist's famous photographs, which have filled more than 20 books.

Incidentally, the woman in the photograph, Francoise Bornet, sold her stamped and signed print of the photo for $242,000 in 2005. The image itself has appeared on countless posters and cards. Several of the artist's other photographs are shown below.

Pipi Pigeon
Framed Art Print

Robert Doisneau
The marvels of daily life are exciting ... no movie director can arrange the unexpected that you find in the street.

Google Doodle Celebrating the Centenary of Robert Doisneau
Robert Doisneau was Born on April 14, 1912 in Gentilly, France. April 14, 2012 would have been the noted photographer's 100th birthday. The world's most popular search engine commemorated the day with a special Google Doodle.

Robert Doisneau: Paris
This special compact edition is edited by Robert Doisneau’s daughters, and includes over six hundred stunning photographs.

Les Pains de Picasso (1952)
Framed Art Print
Robert Doisneau
A hundredth of a second here, a hundredth of a second there ... Even if you put them end to end, they still only add up to one, two, perhaps three seconds, snatched from eternity.

Robert Doisneau with French Accordion

Vintage French postcard graphic by LwcyDesign