There is no real festival of photojournalism without one of its founding fathers. For 30 days, we will have the chance to enjoy 30 of Monsieur Doissneau's most famous photographs. They, in turn, have sealed the emotion of moments from an over 30-year period - from the end of the Second World War to 1978. The exhibition is neither retrospective nor chronologically arranged. We will see emblematic images, such as "The Indignant Woman", who looks at a painting, depicting a young girl wearing only socks, on the art shop window; Or "Venus, caught by the throat" (although Venus is not actually caught by the throat); Also "The Kiss Blotto", and of course his most famous work - "Kiss by the Town Hall". In all of them we see life - it goes on, it is not frozen in this exact frame, which tells much more than the moment that is sealed on it. And despite the and precise documentary that marks each of the thirty photographs, this world is modeled by its author. It's just Doisneau's world - not the world as it is, but as he would like it to be.
"The miracles of everyday life are exciting, not a single film director could set up the unexpected you find on the street."
Robert Doisneau (April 14, 1912 - April 1, 1994) is one of the founders of photojournalism and among the brightest representatives of the movement, which we now call humanistic photography.He was born in a petty bourgeois family in the Parisian suburb of Gentilly. At the age of 7 he becomes an orphan and is raised by his aunt, according to sources - a raw and strict woman. Maybe it's just to wipe out the memories of his difficult childhood that Doisneau is looking for the lightness and spontaneity of everyday life throughout his career, which brings him worldwide recognition as a master of street photography.
At 17 he graduates from a craft school in Paris with a diploma in lithography and engraving. He starts shooting at 16 - the shy boy does not get the courage to take photographs of people, but only of objects. In the late 1920s he is appointed to Ullmann Studio as a camera assistant and assistant photographer. In 1931 he leaves to become an assistant to the modernist photographer Andre Vigno. In 1932, Robert sells his first photo story to the French edition Excelsior, and 7 years later he already collaborates to Rapho Agency.During World War II, Doisneau becomes a member of the French resistance, and its main activity is counterfeiting documents. 1945 is a breakthrough in his career. He starts to make photo shootings for the most famous fashion magazine, Vogue, but the fashionable photography of beautiful women and luxury fails to replace his passion for the ease of the street. Whenever possible he steals out of the studio and roams with his camera the streets of the city of Seine.
Doisneau's photographic reports appear on the pages of prestigious magazines, such as Life, Paris Match, Point de Vue, Regards. He works on various themes, but his focus always remains the life of ordinary people, the moments of happiness, sadness, carelessness. His pictures bear the scent of the Parisian suburbs, the sighs of young lovers and the innocence of childhood. He never mocks the captured subjects. She refuses to shoot the French women with shaved heads punished for a love affair with Germans.
His last exhibition is a retrospective at the Oxford Museum of Modern Art in 1992. After his death in April 1994, he leaves over 450,000 negatives that tell a whole era with unparalleled finesse and curiosity about the little moments.