Robert Doisneau (1992)
14 April 1912 - 1 April 1994
"I don't photograph life as it is,
but life as I would like it to be."
French photgrapher, Robert Doisneau was one of the earliest pioneers of photojournalism. And like most members of the 'old guard,' he lived quite a colorful life - from forging passports and identification papers for the French Resistance to a short lived stint as a fashion photographer for Vogue. But he always preferred street photography, especially photographing the streets of Paris...
"The marvels of daily life are so exciting;
no movie director can arrange the unexpected
that you find in the street."
While his body of work, spanning 50 years, is magnificant, Monsieur Doisneau is best known for the now iconic photograph: Le baiser de l'hotel de ville (Kiss by the Town Hall):
It was not revealed, until 1992, who the models in this photograph are: Francoise Delbart (then 20) & Jacques Carteaud (then 23)
"[He] asked if we would kiss again for the camera.
We didn't mind. We were used to kissing.
We were doing it all of the time then,
it was delicious."
- Francoise Delbart
I did not learn of Monsieur Doisneau's artistry until very recently, when I began to get seriously serious about my craft. I find his street photography to be very inspirational indeed. I can't wait to return...
Today is Monsieur Doisneau's 100th birthday, celebrate it with me - grab your camera and get going!
Vivre! Rire! Aimer!