Le baiser de l’hôtel de ville
Images from here.
Taken mostly in the 1940s and 1950s, he was a pioneer of photojournalism and had such a great way of capturing the surreal found in everyday life. They really are timeless.
Robert 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 over twenty books Doisneau 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.
I came across Robert Doisneau while researching other photographers and felt his work really relates to my final project, how I will be trying to show that you don’t have to grow up, everybody can still be a child at heart. His work seems quite playful, like he was showing the fun side of all the people in his work. His work also causes me to look at them and imagine the stories that go along with the images, this is how I want my work to be seen, like images from a much larger story. The viewer will have to use their imagination to see it.