Saturday, April 14, 2012

Images Of Paris

Today is the 100th birthday of famed French photographer Robert Doisneau. To celebrate here are just a few of my favorite images.

  Le Baiser de l”Hotel de Ville~ 1950


Monsieur Doisneau is considered to be one of France's (and the world’s) most well loved, talented and prolific photographers. His images showcase everyday, innocent and ironic scenes that feature a glorious Paris as the backdrop.


His subjects were mainly the working class and captured moments in time that often featured their pleasurable pursuits. I love the female dancers Cuban heeled stockings and well formed dancing shoes. But it is the title alone that seals my adoration.

Be bop en cave ~ Saint-Germain-des-Prés, Paris 1951

His photographs often include humorous subjects.

Romi's shop window, 1948


Everyone was beautiful to Doisneau.

Chez Gegene, Quai de Polangis, Joinville-le-Pont (La Mariée) 1946


Of course he did have his fair share of famous subjects.

Robert Doisneau, Les petits pains de Picasso, 1952


To read Doiseneau’s story of his early life is ever inspiring. Sadly his lens stilled in 1994 at the age of 81. But he left behind an amazing catalogue of work. I have shared only a few of my favorites but there are many wonderful books that feature his vast collection of work.

Robert Doisneau aux Tuileries, Paris 1982 -by Marion Kalter

I will close with a heartbreakingly precious portrait. One who knows me well can guess why.

Le Chien a Roulettes, c.1977 Art Print

Le Chien a Roulettes, 1977

Joyeux anniversaire Monsieur Doisneau!



Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

such wonderful pictures..but makes me sad..when will I ever get back there again :(

Jennifer Watkins-Jones said...

Beautiful pictures that tell such stories! I will have to look him up and see more of his work. Have a great weekend!

Anonymous said...


Thank you for sharing Robert Doisneau with us. Thomas and I especially enjoyed the photographs of Romi's shop window here and on your blog.


CAS said...

These are extraordinary! I will have to look him up. Thanks so much for sharing, Laura!

DREAMS ON 34th STREET ~ French Bread & Family said...

Thank you, Laura.

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

Gorgeous photos and loving the stories!!

Auntie Em said...

It must be a wonderful gift to be able to see more than just what is in front of you when you look through the camera's lens. What amazing photos.
Thank you for sharing! :)

Karena said...

An amazing photographer who can capture the subject so perfectly! Laura yes the last image is very special with little Doxxie!

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Lady Dorothy said...

No wonder he's your favorite. These are great! I'll have to go find one of those books that feature him. How delightful!

The French Bear said...

Such an inspiration and talent....I just love to look at these photos over and have great taste in photographers!
Margaret B

Beadboard UpCountry said...

Loved this!!!!! The Gendarme is hysterical...... The photographer, very talented. Maryanne ;)

Parisienne Farmgirl said...

I love his work! Had no idea of the anniversary.
Bonne Weekend.