Photographer Robert Doisneau

“The marvels of daily life are so exciting; no movie director can arrange the unexpected that you find in the street.”

Robert Doisneau had a humble spirit, a shy personality, a gentle nature, a deep passion for his craft. He was a photographer, one of the best, who loved the integrity of photographs that captured people in authentic everyday life on the streets of Paris.

When asked why he took photos, his response was that “In truth it’s a hopeless struggle against the idea that one will die. It’s something I’m more prepared for, because one shouldn’t think that every action is temporary and momentary. I try obstinately to stop this time that is passing.”

And when asked about his process of taking photos, he said that “I put all my trust in intuition, which contributes so much more than rational thought. This is a commendable approach, because you need courage to be stupid-it’s so rare these days when there are so many intelligent people all over the place who’ve stopped looking because they’re so knowledgeable.”

He took many of his famous photographs in the 1940s and 50s. Robert passed away in 1994.


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