Robert Doisneau -Le Ruban de la Mariée, Saint Sauvant, Poitou
Robert Doisneau
Le Ruban de la Mariée, Saint Sauvant, Poitou (The Bride's Ribbon)
Silver Gelatin Photograph
1951, printed c. 1960s
7 3/4 x 7 inches

Doisneau-Rapho stamps on verso. With negative number (27158) in pencil.

Robert Doisneau -Photographie Aérienne
Robert Doisneau
Photographie Aérienne
Silver Gelatin Photograph
1950
Image: 16 x 13 1/4 inches, Paper: 19 3/4 x 15 3/4 inches

Signed on recto. Signed, titled and dated on verso.

Robert Doisneau - Les Enfants de la Place Hebert
Robert Doisneau
Les Enfants de la Place Hebert
Silver Gelatin Photograph
1957, Printed later
15 3/4 X 11 7/8 inches

Signed in ink on lower right on recto. Titled, dated and initialed in ink on verso

Robert Doisneau - A boy behind a bench and boxes
Robert Doisneau
A Boy Behind a Bench and Boxes
Silver Gelatin Photograph
1957, printed 1980s
image: 11 1/2 x 9 inches, paper: 14 x 11 inches

Doisneau's signature in ink on recto

Robert Doisneau - Musée des Monuments Français
Robert Doisneau
Musée des Monuments Français
Silver Gelatin Photograph
1966
Image: 13 1/4 x 8 7/8 inches, paper: 15 7/8 x 11 7/8 inches

Signed in ink on lower right recto. Titled, and dated on print verso.

Robert Doisneau - Café Noir et Blanc, Joinville-le-Pont
Robert Doisneau
Café Noir et Blanc, Joinville-le-Pont
Silver Gelatin Photograph
1948, printed 1970s
9 3/8 x 11 3/4 inches

Doisneau's Paris hand stamp and a numeric notation in pencil on verso

Robert Doisneau - L'Enfer
Robert Doisneau
L'Enfer
Silver Gelatin Photograph
1952, printed 1970s
11 3/4 x 9 1/4 Inches

Doisneau's title, a numeric notation, and his hand stamp on verso.

Robert Doisneau - Les Glaneurs de Charbon
Robert Doisneau
Les Glaneurs de Charbon
Silver Gelatin Photograph
1945, Printed later
Image: 9 1/2 x 12 1/2 inches, Paper: 11 3/4 x 15 7/8 inches

Signed in ink on lower right on recto. Titled, dated and initialed in ink on verso

Robert Doisneau - Le Baiser Blotto
Robert Doisneau
Le Baiser Blotto
Silver Gelatin Photograph
1950, printed 1980s
16 1/2 x 13 3/8 inches

Signed in ink on the recto in the lower margin. Titled, dated and initialed in ink on verso

Robert Doisneau - Créatures de Rêves
Robert Doisneau
Créatures de Rêves
Early Silver Gelatin Photograph
1952, Printed 1981
11 1/4 x 9 3/4 inches

Artist's signature, in ink, on recto, and with his signature, title, and dates on verso.

Robert Doisneau - Le Garde et les Ballons
Robert Doisneau
Le Garde et les Ballons
Silver Gelatin Photograph
1946, Printed 1975
9 1/2 x 11 3/4 inches

Artist's signature in ink on recto. Artist's initials, titled and dated in ink on verso

Robert Doisneau - Mademoiselle Wanda at Fete Foraine
Robert Doisneau
Mademoiselle Wanda at Fete Foraine
Silver Gelatin Photograph
c. 1950s
7 X 9 1/2 inches

Photographer's Rapho Stamp on verso

Robert Doisneau - Midi a la Fonderie Rudier
Robert Doisneau
Midi a la Fonderie Rudier
Silver Gelatin Photograph
1949, Printed later
Image: 9 1/2 x 11 1/2 inches, paper: 12 x 15 3/4 inches

Signed in ink on lower right on recto. Titled, dated and initialed in ink on verso.

Robert Doisneau - Giacometti Dans Son Atelier
Robert Doisneau
Giacometti Dans Son Atelier
Silver Gelatin Photograph
1957, Printed Later
Image: 9 1/4 x 12 inches, paper: 11 3/4 x 15 7/8 inches

Signed in ink on lower right recto. Titled and dated on verso

Robert Doisneau - Picasso et Françoise Gilot
Robert Doisneau
Picasso et Françoise Gilot
Silver Gelatin Photograph
1952, Printed later
Paper: 12 x 15 7/8 Inches, Image: 9 1/2 x 9 3/4 Inches

Signed in ink on lower right on recto. Titled, dated and initialed in ink on verso.

Robert Doisneau - Playing Darts in a Bar
Robert Doisneau
Playing Darts in a Bar
Silver Gelatin Photograph
1960, Printed 1960s
8 3/8 x 8 7/8 inches

Photographer's red stamp on verso. Some other publication information written on verso.

Robert Doisneau - Les Animaux Superieurs
Robert Doisneau
Les Animaux Superieurs
Silver Gelatin Photograph
1954, Printed later
Paper: 11 5/8 x 15 3/4 inches, Image: 9 x 13 1/2 inches

Signed in ink on lower right on recto. Titled, dated and initialed in ink on verso

Robert Doisneau - Le Petit Balcon
Robert Doisneau
Le Petit Balcon
Silver Gelatin Photograph
1953, Printed Later
9 3/4 x 13 3/4 inches

Signed in ink on lower right recto. Titled and dated on verso

Robert Doisneau - Pantheon Rue Soufflot, Paris
Robert Doisneau
Pantheon Rue Soufflot, Paris
Vintage Silver Gelatin Photograph
1976
12 x 8 3/4 inches

Titled and Photographer stamp on print verso

Robert Doisneau - Untitled
Robert Doisneau
Untitled
Early Silver Gelatin Photograph
c. 1950s
9 x 11 3/4 inches

Signed on verso. Rapho Guillumette Pictures label on verso

Robert Doisneau - Les Enfants de la Place Hebert - TB
Robert Doisneau - L'Enfer - TB
Robert Doisneau - Les Glaneurs de Charbon - TB
Robert Doisneau - Le Baiser Blotto - TB
Robert Doisneau - Créatures de Rêves - TB
Robert Doisneau - Le Garde et les Ballons - TB
Robert Doisneau - Mademoiselle Wanda at Fete Foraine - TB
Robert Doisneau - Midi a la Fonderie Rudier - TB
Robert Doisneau - Giacometti Dans Son Atelier - TB
Robert Doisneau - Picasso et Françoise Gilot - TB
Robert Doisneau - Playing Darts in a Bar - TB
Robert Doisneau - Les Animaux Superieurs - TB
Robert Doisneau - Le Petit Balcon - TB
Robert Doisneau - Pantheon Rue Soufflot, Paris - TB
Robert Doisneau - Untitled - TB

Robert Doisneau was a French photographer noted for his poetic approach to street photography. As a young man Doisneau attended the École Estienne in Paris to learn the crafts involved in the book trade, but he always claimed that the streets of the working class neighbourhood of Gentilly provided his most important schooling. In 1929, in an effort to improve his draftsmanship, he began photographing, just as modernist ideas were beginning to promote photography as the prime medium for advertising and reportage.

Doisneau first worked for the advertising photographer André Vigneau, in whose studio he met artists and writers with avant-garde ideas, and then during the Depression years of the 1930s he worked as an industrial photographer for the Renault car company. During the same period, Doisneau also photographed in the streets and neighborhoods of Paris, hoping to sell work to the picture magazines, which were expanding their use of photographs as illustration.

With his career interrupted by World War II and German occupation, Doisneau became a member of the resistance, using his talents to provide forged documents for the underground. In 1945 he recommenced his advertising and magazine work, including fashion photography and reportage for Vogue magazine from 1948 to 1952. His first book of his photographs, "La Banlieue de Paris"; “The Suburbs of Paris” was followed by many volumes of photographs of Paris and Parisians.

In the 1950s Doisneau also became active in Group XV, an organization of photographers devoted to improving both the artistry and technical aspects of photography. From then on, he photographed a vast array of people and events, often juxtaposing conformist and maverick elements in images marked by an exquisite sense of humor, by anti-establishment values, and, above all, by his deeply felt humanism.

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