Robert Doisneau

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Robert Doisneau
Robert Doisneau photographed by Bracha L. Ettinger in his studio in Montrouge, 1992.jpg
Doisneau in his studio in Montrouge, 1992
Born
Robert Doisneau

(1912-04-14)14 April 1912
Died1 April 1994(1994-04-01) (aged 81)
Montrouge, France
Resting placeRaizeux
EducationÉcole Estienne, 1929 graduate, diplomas in engraving and lithography
OccupationPhotographer, engraver
Known forStreet photography, Le baiser de l'hôtel de ville (The kiss by the City Hall)
TitleChevalier of the Order of the Legion of Honour

Robert Doisneau (14 April 19121 April 1994) was a French photographer. In the 1930s he used a form of camera called a Leica on the streets of Paris. He and Henri Cartier-Bresson were pioneers of photojournalism.

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.