Robert Doisneau – Paris
Paris is a collection of work by photographer Robert Doisneau. His most famous work, Le baiser de l’hôtel de ville (Kiss by the Hôtel de Ville), can be seen here: http://iconicphotos.wordpress.com/2009/05/08/le-baiser-de-lhotel-de-ville/
Doisneau was born and bred in Paris. Indeed, his work generally consists of Parisians and their eccentricities. His use of black-and-white photography adds to the French, artistic appeal that is constant throughout his art, and if one were to base Paris solely off of photographs, one need look no further than Robert Doisneau.
Having travelled to Paris, I have to say that it is remarkable how the French people really have not changed that much throughout the years. The feelings I have toward these photographs brings me right back to the French Cafes that Doisneau so loved to shoot.
I love the whimsical, eccentric quality of these photographs, and I think that taking candid photographs best displays the emotions that Doisneau was searching to capture (quite successfully, I might add).
Candid photography, in my opinion, is the best kind. It is only through candids that you can truly capture pure emotion – the truth. These were moments in history that were not prepared for in any way; they just happen and pass as if nothing of significance happened. And yet the moment is immortalized anyway. I think moments like that are all the more precious because of it.
I had not heard of Robert Doisneau before this assignment, but I will certainly look for more his work in the future.