July 29, 2013

Photographer Robert Doisneau

Robert Doisneau was one of France’s most popular and prolific reportage photographers. As a kid, he was enrolled at the École Estienne, a craft school where he graduated with diplomas in engraving and lithography, and at 16 he took up amateur photography.
At the end of the 1920s Doisneau found work as a draughtsman in the advertising industry at Atelier Ullmann, a creative graphics studio. He began acting as camera assistant in the studio and eventually became a staff photographer. In 1931 he left both the studio and advertising, taking a job as an assistant with the modernist photographer André Vigneau. During WW II, he was drafted into the French army as both a soldier and photographer. He served until the end of the war, using his draughtsmanship, lettering artistry and engraving skills to forge passports and identification papers for the French Resistance.

After the war, he briefly joined the Alliance Photo Agency but ended up with Rapho agency, who he stayed with throughout his career, despite receiving an invitation from Henri Cartier-Bresson to join Magnum Photos. Doisneau was contracted by Vogue to work as a fashion photographer, but Doisneau didn’t enjoy the fashion world and preferred street photography. “The marvels of daily life are so exciting; no movie director can arrange the unexpected that you find in the street,” Doisneau once said.

In 1950 he created his most recognizable work for Life magazine – Le baiser de l’hôtel de ville, which became an internationally recognised symbol of young love in Paris. “I would never have dared to photograph people like that. Lovers kissing in the street, those couples are rarely legitimate.”

Although Doisneau worked in Paris as a street photographer and stole many an intimate moment of Parisian couples, this classic shot was staged. However, this fact didn’t prevent the picture from gracing the walls of many freshman dorm rooms since its first production in 1986. More than 500,000 posters and 400,000 postcards have been reprinted from the original.

 Doisneau worked into his old age, and passed away at 81 in France due to multiple health problems.

Cuban vintage

July 17, 2013

Swan lake

“The swan, like the soul of the poet, By the dull world is ill understood.”

~ Heinrich Heine


July 2, 2013

Stuck in a flea market

When you ride local roads you can suddenly meet some interesting things...like we found out small Flea market in Jordan town on our way to Niagara Falls.

 Life magazine dated 1966...