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, 1977
Joyeux anniversaire Monsieur Doisneau!