Photography

Doisneau, Robert (1912 - 1994)

Brought up in Paris’s suburbs, Robert Doisneau excelled in the depiction of the humble, bringing beauty, humour and tenderness to dull anonymous landscapes and scenes. Moved by men’s pains but also by the simple pleasures of everyday life, the French photographer captured all that illustrated France from its pittoresque workers, playful children, affectionate lovers to celebrities such as Le Corbusier, Brigitte Bardot or Yves Saint Laurent - ‘All my life, I had fun, I created my very own little theatre’. Eager to portray tragedy without showing cruelty nor violence, Robert Doisneau never captured a dying man and refused to represent the shaven women of Paris’ Liberation. He was the kind of man, as Jacques Prévert once told, who, when he had come across a shepherd and his flock and dogs and witnessed a truck knocking down most of the flock and all his dogs, preferred to comfort the shepherd rather than seize the tragic sensational scene. Quite an irony for the photographer who could stay still for hours waiting for the perfect anecdote to steal, to be mostly remembered today for a fabricated image commissioned by Life magazine, that of the ‘Hotel de Ville Kiss’. Yet this picture seems to sum his whole work up: the anonymous lovers, the fleeting moment captured in the crowd’s buoyancy, Paris and those other walkers unaware of the iconic scene happening right before them.

Tags / Robert Doisneau - French Photographer - Poetic - Tender - Fun - 1950s - Humanism
Robert Doisneau, Les Halles, Paris, 1968 © Atelier Robert Doisneau tag: underground
Robert Doisneau, Les Halles, Paris, 1968 © Atelier Robert Doisneau
Robert Doisneau, Palm Springs, 1960 © Atelier Robert Doisneau tag: vintage car
Robert Doisneau, Palm Springs, 1960 © Atelier Robert Doisneau
Robert Doisneau, Palm Springs, 1960 © Atelier Robert Doisneau tag: vintage
Robert Doisneau, Palm Springs, 1960 © Atelier Robert Doisneau
Robert Doisneau, Palm Springs, 1960 © Atelier Robert Doisneau tag: vintage swan
Robert Doisneau, Palm Springs, 1960 © Atelier Robert Doisneau
Robert Doisneau, Palm Springs, 1960 © Atelier Robert Doisneau tag: vintage car palm tree
Robert Doisneau, Palm Springs, 1960 © Atelier Robert Doisneau
Robert Doisneau, Palm Springs, 1960 © Atelier Robert Doisneau tag: vintage
Robert Doisneau, Palm Springs, 1960 © Atelier Robert Doisneau
Robert Doisneau, Les Halles, Paris, 1968 © Atelier Robert Doisneau tag: flowers
Robert Doisneau, Les Halles, Paris, 1968 © Atelier Robert Doisneau
Robert Doisneau, Les Halles, Paris, 1968 © Atelier Robert Doisneau tag: cigarette
Robert Doisneau, Les Halles, Paris, 1968 © Atelier Robert Doisneau
Robert Doisneau, Les Halles, Paris, 1953 © Atelier Robert Doisneau tag: kid
Robert Doisneau, Les Halles, Paris, 1953 © Atelier Robert Doisneau
Robert Doisneau, Les Halles, Paris, circa 1967 © Atelier Robert Doisneau tag: meat
Robert Doisneau, Les Halles, Paris, circa 1967 © Atelier Robert Doisneau
Robert Doisneau, Les Halles, Paris, circa 1960 © Atelier Robert Doisneau
Robert Doisneau, Les Halles, Paris, circa 1960 © Atelier Robert Doisneau
Robert Doisneau, Paris, 1957 © Atelier Robert Doisneau tag: music clown
Robert Doisneau, Paris, 1957 © Atelier Robert Doisneau
Robert Doisneau, Paris © Atelier Robert Doisneau tag: bike
Robert Doisneau, Paris © Atelier Robert Doisneau
Robert Doisneau, Self portrait, 1947
Robert Doisneau, Self portrait, 1947
Robert Doisneau, Pablo Picasso, Vallauris, 1952  © Atelier Robert Doisneau tag: mariniere sailor bread hand
Robert Doisneau, Pablo Picasso, Vallauris, 1952 © Atelier Robert Doisneau
Robert Doisneau, Le baiser de l'Hôtel de Ville, Paris, 1950 © Atelier Robert Doisneau tag: lovers happy
Robert Doisneau, Le baiser de l'Hôtel de Ville, Paris, 1950 © Atelier Robert Doisneau
Robert Doisneau, L'aéroplane de Papa, 1934 © Atelier Robert Doisneau tag: plane, kid
Robert Doisneau, L'aéroplane de Papa, 1934 © Atelier Robert Doisneau
Robert Doisneau, Jacques Prévert, 1955 © Atelier Robert Doisneau
Robert Doisneau, Jacques Prévert, 1955 © Atelier Robert Doisneau
Robert Doisneau, Créatures de rêve, Paris, 1952 © Atelier Robert Doisneau tag: posters glamour playmate
Robert Doisneau, Créatures de rêve, Paris, 1952 © Atelier Robert Doisneau
Robert Doisneau, Cinéma Paramount, Paris, 1972 © Atelier Robert Doisneau tag: posters
Robert Doisneau, Cinéma Paramount, Paris, 1972 © Atelier Robert Doisneau
Robert Doisneau, La jambe, rue d'Alésia, Paris, 1968 © Atelier Robert Doisneau tag: leg cigarettes
Robert Doisneau, La jambe, rue d'Alésia, Paris, 1968 © Atelier Robert Doisneau
Robert Doisneau, Le Fox Terrier du Pont des Arts, 1953 © Atelier Robert Doisneau tag: dog painting
Robert Doisneau, Le Fox Terrier du Pont des Arts, 1953 © Atelier Robert Doisneau
Robert Doisneau, Kiss at the Opera House, Paris © Atelier Robert Doisneau tag: lovers kids romantic
Robert Doisneau, Kiss at the Opera House, Paris © Atelier Robert Doisneau
Robert Doisneau, Be bop in The Vieux Colombier, a club in Saint Germain des Près, Paris, 1951 © Atelier Robert Doisneau tag: dance happy fun jazz
Robert Doisneau, Be bop in The Vieux Colombier, a club in Saint Germain des Près, Paris, 1951 © Atelier Robert Doisneau
Robert Doisneau, The ghost train, funfair, Paris, 1953 © Atelier Robert Doisneau tag: scary fun kids
Robert Doisneau, The ghost train, funfair, Paris, 1953 © Atelier Robert Doisneau
Robert Doisneau, In the Saint Yves, 1948 © Atelier Robert Doisneau tag: dance fun happy energy
Robert Doisneau, In the Saint Yves, 1948 © Atelier Robert Doisneau
Robert Doisneau, La trépidante Wanda, 1953 © Atelier Robert Doisneau tag: dance
Robert Doisneau, La trépidante Wanda, 1953 © Atelier Robert Doisneau
Robert Doisneau, Paris © Atelier Robert Doisneau tag: sculpture foot
Robert Doisneau, Paris © Atelier Robert Doisneau
Robert Doisneau, The fisherman and the woman knitting, 1951 © Atelier Robert Doisneau tag: fishing lovers
Robert Doisneau, The fisherman and the woman knitting, 1951 © Atelier Robert Doisneau
Robert Doisneau, Fishermen, Pont De La Tournelle, Paris, 1951 © Atelier Robert Doisneau tag: fishing bridge
Robert Doisneau, Fishermen, Pont De La Tournelle, Paris, 1951 © Atelier Robert Doisneau
Robert Doisneau, The Giants of the North, 1951 © Atelier Robert Doisneau tag: unfair studio face fantasy
Robert Doisneau, The Giants of the North, 1951 © Atelier Robert Doisneau
Robert Doisneau, Venus prise à la gorge, Paris, 1964 © Atelier Robert Doisneau tag: sculpture
Robert Doisneau, Venus prise à la gorge, Paris, 1964 © Atelier Robert Doisneau
Robert Doisneau, Juliette Gréco in Saint-Germain-des-Prés, 1948 © Atelier Robert Doisneau tag: dog church
Robert Doisneau, Juliette Gréco in Saint-Germain-des-Prés, 1948 © Atelier Robert Doisneau
Robert Doisneau, The carpenter of the rue Saint Louis en l’Isle, Paris, 1947 © Atelier Robert Doisneau tag: flowers girl street
Robert Doisneau, The carpenter of the rue Saint Louis en l’Isle, Paris, 1947 © Atelier Robert Doisneau
Robert Doisneau, Bolides, 1946 © Atelier Robert Doisneau tag: car kid child
Robert Doisneau, Bolides, 1946 © Atelier Robert Doisneau
Robert Doisneau, Les Halles, Paris, 1953 © Atelier Robert Doisneau tag: market crowded
Robert Doisneau, Les Halles, Paris, 1953 © Atelier Robert Doisneau
Robert Doisneau, Les Halles, Paris, 1945 © Atelier Robert Doisneau tag: sky car market
Robert Doisneau, Les Halles, Paris, 1945 © Atelier Robert Doisneau
Robert Doisneau,
Robert Doisneau, "L'innocent", Tête de veau, 1949 © Atelier Robert Doisneau
Robert Doisneau, L'échaudoir de la rue Sauval, 1968 © Atelier Robert Doisneau tag: head meat knife
Robert Doisneau, L'échaudoir de la rue Sauval, 1968 © Atelier Robert Doisneau
Robert Doisneau, Meat pavillon, 7.AM Les Halles, Paris, 1955 © Atelier Robert Doisneau tag: méat
Robert Doisneau, Meat pavillon, 7.AM Les Halles, Paris, 1955 © Atelier Robert Doisneau
Robert Doisneau, Les Halles, rue Montorgueil, Paris, 1953 © Atelier Robert Doisneau
Robert Doisneau, Les Halles, rue Montorgueil, Paris, 1953 © Atelier Robert Doisneau
Robert Doisneau, Christmas Turkey, Paris, 1954 © Atelier Robert Doisneau tag: meat
Robert Doisneau, Christmas Turkey, Paris, 1954 © Atelier Robert Doisneau
Robert Doisneau, Coco, Jean-Marie, l'Amiral, Paris, 1952 © Atelier Robert Doisneau tag: weird strange drink
Robert Doisneau, Coco, Jean-Marie, l'Amiral, Paris, 1952 © Atelier Robert Doisneau
Robert Doisneau, Youki Desnos showing her tatoo mermaid, ca. 1950 © Atelier Robert Doisneau tag: tatoo
Robert Doisneau, Youki Desnos showing her tatoo mermaid, ca. 1950 © Atelier Robert Doisneau
Robert Doisneau, Marguerite Duras in the Petit Saint Benoit, Paris, 1952 © Atelier Robert Doisneau
Robert Doisneau, Marguerite Duras in the Petit Saint Benoit, Paris, 1952 © Atelier Robert Doisneau
Robert Doisneau, The Tobacconist’s Dog, 14th arrondissement, 1953 © Atelier Robert Doisneau tag: dog
Robert Doisneau, The Tobacconist’s Dog, 14th arrondissement, 1953 © Atelier Robert Doisneau
Robert Doisneau, Rain, Paris, 1981 © Atelier Robert Doisneau tag: rain-happiness bridge family
Robert Doisneau, Rain, Paris, 1981 © Atelier Robert Doisneau
Robert Doisneau, Acrobatic moves on a bench, Paris, 1950’s © Atelier Robert Doisneau tag: jump bench kids energy children happiness
Robert Doisneau, Acrobatic moves on a bench, Paris, 1950’s © Atelier Robert Doisneau
Robert Doisneau, A roosting pigeon on a little boy’s head, 1964 © Atelier Robert Doisneau tag: restrooms bird
Robert Doisneau, A roosting pigeon on a little boy’s head, 1964 © Atelier Robert Doisneau
Robert Doisneau, Children of Place Herbert, Paris, 1957 © Atelier Robert Doisneau tag: kids
Robert Doisneau, Children of Place Herbert, Paris, 1957 © Atelier Robert Doisneau
Robert Doisneau, The Christmas shop window, Paris, 1947 © Atelier Robert Doisneau tag: toys boys
Robert Doisneau, The Christmas shop window, Paris, 1947 © Atelier Robert Doisneau
Robert Doisneau, The cardboard house, 1957 Atelier Robert Doisneau tag: kids bench
Robert Doisneau, The cardboard house, 1957 Atelier Robert Doisneau
Robert Doisneau, La première maitresse, Paris, 1935 © Atelier Robert Doisneau tag: kids drawing graffitis fun
Robert Doisneau, La première maitresse, Paris, 1935 © Atelier Robert Doisneau
Robert Doisneau, Paris, ca. 1950 © Atelier Robert Doisneau tag: jump-street
Robert Doisneau, Paris, ca. 1950 © Atelier Robert Doisneau
Robert Doisneau, The teacher in front of her classroom, c. 1950 © Atelier Robert Doisneau tag: kids lesson
Robert Doisneau, The teacher in front of her classroom, c. 1950 © Atelier Robert Doisneau
Robert Doisneau, Les Halles at night, 1967, Paris © Atelier Robert Doisneau tag: light night
Robert Doisneau, Les Halles at night, 1967, Paris © Atelier Robert Doisneau
Robert Doisneau, ca. 1970 © Atelier Robert Doisneau tag: playing ball boys lingerie
Robert Doisneau, ca. 1970 © Atelier Robert Doisneau
Robert Doisneau, Le canon d'Isabelle la catholique © Atelier Robert Doisneau / Rapho tag: kids line canon
Robert Doisneau, Le canon d'Isabelle la catholique © Atelier Robert Doisneau / Rapho
Robert Doisneau, The girl and the Policeman, Rue de Rivoli, Paris, France, ca. 1945 © Atelier Robert Doisneau tag: smile policeman ball cute child kid
Robert Doisneau, The girl and the Policeman, Rue de Rivoli, Paris, France, ca. 1945 © Atelier Robert Doisneau
Robert Doisneau, Ile de Ré, 1945 © Atelier Robert Doisneau tag: sailor kids happiness
Robert Doisneau, Ile de Ré, 1945 © Atelier Robert Doisneau
Robert Doisneau, Rue Vilin, 1969 © Atelier Robert Doisneau tag: kids montmartre
Robert Doisneau, Rue Vilin, 1969 © Atelier Robert Doisneau
Robert Doisneau, Brothers, 1934 © Atelier Robert Doisneau tag: kids
Robert Doisneau, Brothers, 1934 © Atelier Robert Doisneau
Robert Doisneau, Les beaux jeudis, 1957 © Atelier Robert Doisneau tag: kid mother son
Robert Doisneau, Les beaux jeudis, 1957 © Atelier Robert Doisneau
Robert Doisneau, Baiser Blotto, 1950 © Atelier Robert Doisneau tag: kiss
Robert Doisneau, Baiser Blotto, 1950 © Atelier Robert Doisneau
Robert Doisneau,
Robert Doisneau, "Le regard oblique, in front of the store Romi, rue de Seine, Paris 1947 © Atelier Robert Doisneau
Robert Doisneau,
Robert Doisneau, "Le regard oblique, in front of the store Romi, rue de Seine, Paris 1947 © Atelier Robert Doisneau
Robert Doisneau,
Robert Doisneau, "Le regard oblique, in front of the store Romi, rue de Seine, Paris 1947 © Atelier Robert Doisneau
Robert Doisneau,
Robert Doisneau, "Le regard oblique, in front of the store Romi, rue de Seine, Paris 1947 © Atelier Robert Doisneau
Robert Doisneau,
Robert Doisneau, "Le regard oblique, in front of the store Romi, rue de Seine, Paris 1947 © Atelier Robert Doisneau
Robert Doisneau,
Robert Doisneau, "Le regard oblique, in front of the store Romi, rue de Seine, Paris 1947 © Atelier Robert Doisneau
Robert Doisneau,
Robert Doisneau, "Le regard oblique, in front of the store Romi, rue de Seine, Paris 1947 © Atelier Robert Doisneau
Robert Doisneau, Kids on skates, Rue des Canettes, Paris, 1949 © Atelier Robert Doisneau tag: kids rollers speed
Robert Doisneau, Kids on skates, Rue des Canettes, Paris, 1949 © Atelier Robert Doisneau
Robert Doisneau, Catherine Verneuil, 1963 © Atelier Robert Doisneau tag: ballerina dance tutu
Robert Doisneau, Catherine Verneuil, 1963 © Atelier Robert Doisneau
Robert Doisneau, Paris, ca. 1970 © Atelier Robert Doisneau tag: kid dog freedom youth
Robert Doisneau, Paris, ca. 1970 © Atelier Robert Doisneau
Robert Doisneau, Au café
Robert Doisneau, Au café "Chez Fraisse", Rue de Seine, Paris 1958 © Ateliers Robert Doisneau
Robert Doisneau, Jacques Prévert and his daughter, Michèle © Atelier Robert Doisneau tag: poetry wine
Robert Doisneau, Jacques Prévert and his daughter, Michèle © Atelier Robert Doisneau
Robert Doisneau, © Atelier Robert Doisneau tag: lovers light sculpture romantic dramatic
Robert Doisneau, © Atelier Robert Doisneau
Robert Doisneau, The accordionist, rue Mouffetard, Paris, 1951 © Atelier Robert Doisneau tag: music
Robert Doisneau, The accordionist, rue Mouffetard, Paris, 1951 © Atelier Robert Doisneau
Robert Doisneau, Le Combat du Centaure, 1971 © Atelier Robert Doisneau tag: sculpture couple
Robert Doisneau, Le Combat du Centaure, 1971 © Atelier Robert Doisneau
Robert Doisneau, Paris ca. 1950 © Atelier Robert Doisneau tag: priest angel
Robert Doisneau, Paris ca. 1950 © Atelier Robert Doisneau
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