Robert Doisneau (1912 –1994, French)

Robert Doisneau, cat photographerRobert Doisneau (1912 –1994, French) was a humanist street photographer who began his career in the 1930’s. Known for his ironic images and capturing a mix of social classes in Paris’s streets and cafes, he was influenced by the work of both André Kertész and Henri Cartier-Bresson. Doisneau said, “The marvels of daily life are so exciting; no movie director can arrange the unexpected that you find in the street.”

Doisneau’s father died when he was just 4 years old and his mother died when he was 7. An aunt raised him and at 13 he discovered a love for visual arts and attended École Estienne. Even though he graduated with degrees in engraving and lithography, he decided to become a photographer after being an assistant to Andre Vigneau. By 1932, Doisneau had already sold his first photograph, and by 1934, he had landed a job as an industrial photographer with Renault. In 1939, he started working for Rapho Photographic Agency, and it was during these years that he developed his style of street photography. Doisneau continued to work for Rapho up until the beginning of World War II when he enlisted as a soldier and photographer. He used his talents by forging passports and identity papers for the French resistance.

After the war, he went to work for Vogue from 1948-1952; however, Doisneau did not enjoy photographing beautiful women, instead he preferred street life.

It was his 1950 photograph of a couple kissing in a Paris street, Le baiser de l’hôtel de ville, published in Life magazine which brought him fame. The photograph was sold at auction in 2005 for 155,000 Euros.

By the 70’s Doisneau was producing celebrity photographs of Picasso, Jean Cocteau, George Braque, Alberto Giacometti, Fernand Léger, Jacques Prévert, many of whom were cat lovers like himself.

 Doisneau received many awards. In 1956, he won the Niépce Prize, while in 1983 he was awarded the Grand Prix National de la Photographie. In 1984, he was given the Chevalier of the Legion of Honour by then president, Mitterrand. A couple of years later the artist won another prestigious award – the Balzac Prize.

He died in 1994 after having triple bypass heart surgery and is buried next to his wife in Raizeu

 

Paris Cats at Night, 1954 Robert Doisneau

Paris Cats at Night, 1954

 

 

Woman Feeding Cats, 1953 Robert Doisneau

Woman Feeding Cats, 1953

 

 

Black and White Cat 1953, Robert Doisneau

Black and White Cat 1953

 

 

Boy with Cat. Robert Doisneau, ca. 1955

Boy with Cat, ca. 1955

 

 

Child, Cat and Dove, Robert Doisneau

Child, Cat and Dove

 


 

Robert Doisneau, Child, Cat and Dove 2

Child, Cat and Dove 2

 

 

Clochards Cats, Paris 1950, Robert Doisneau

Clochards Cats, Paris 1950

 

 

Robert Doisneau, Family with Cats, 1945

Family with Cats, 1945

 

 

Birds and Cat Dove Trainer, Robert Doisneau

Birds and Cat Dove Trainer

 

 

 

Robert Doisneau Concierge au chat blanc

Concierge au chat blanc

 

 

Robert Doisneau The Cats of Bercy, 1974

The Cats of Bercy, 1974

 

 

1972 An Old Woman And Her Cat, Robert Doisneau

An Old Woman And Her Cat, 1972

 

 

A woman carrying a cat during a 'Beautiful Cat Contest' held in 1946 Robert Doisneau

A woman carrying a cat during a ‘Beautiful Cat Contest’ held in 1946

 

 

Admiring a Cat, Robert Doisneau

Admiring a Cat

 

 

At the Cat Show, Robert Doisneau

At the Cat Show

 

 

Film Director From Lyon Bertrand Tavernier Around 1992, Robert Doisneau

Film Director From Lyon Bertrand Tavernier Around 1992

 

 

Georges Brassens And His Cat In 1972, Robert Doisneau

Georges Brassens And His Cat In 1972

 

 

Jacques Prevert and Cat In Antibes, 1963

Jacques Prevert and Cat In Antibes, 1963

 

 

Jean Cocteau And His Cat, At Home, Robert Doisneau

Jean Cocteau And His Cat, At Home

 

 

Paul Leautaud And His Cats, Fontenay Aux Roses, 1953 Robert Doisneau

Paul Leautaud And His Cats, Fontenay Aux Roses, 1953

 


 

Portrait of French actress Judith Magre with her cat, 1981 in France. Robert Doisneau

Portrait of French actress Judith Magre with her cat, 1981 in France

 

 

 

Writer Robert Giraud, Paris, 1954 Robert Doisneau

Writer Robert Giraud, Paris, 1954

 

 

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