Photographer // Robert Doisneau

by Jorre Both 

Robert Doisneau

Atget, Brassaï, Cartier-Bresson, Doisneau. These photographers have helped shape the romantic image we’ve had for many years of Paris, the city of love. We’ve all seen countless photographs of young lovers kissing in the streets, wearing Breton stripes, perhaps even holding a baguette, with the Eiffel tower in the background. Many of the photos on the postcards and posters we buy at souvenir shops were made by these pioneers of documentary street photography. By now these images have become household kitsch, but that’s not the photographers’ fault – how could they know their images would eclipse icon status and become such clichés?


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