Robert Doisneau, Jean-François Chevrier (essay)

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"Doisneau is one of the most important representatives of humanistic photo-graphy. For many years he has been looked upon as the minstrel of pictures-que Paris, with a charming eye and a unique sense of the unexpected visual anecdote. As a result he has been championed as a poet of the 'pure' moment. Doisneau's oeuvre is however much deeper and complex than that reputation suggests.
Contemplating his work as a whole, one discovers Doisneau's pleasure in creating a language to capture the treasures of everyday life. The sensitivity and naturalism of his approach slowly reveal themselves: his images of the modest architecture of the Parisian suburbs for example display gravity, irony and even a degree of hard-heartedness.
'From Craft to Art', the catalogue for the exhibition of around 100 original prints from Doisneau's estate organized by The Fondation Cartier-Bresson in 2010, presents these treasures alongside a new version of Jean-François Chevrier's essay, first published in 1983, which explores Doisneau's rare ability to capture 'the shining melancholy that separates an individual from the crowd'." (publisher's note)

About the photographer (1912-1994):
"Robert Doisneau is one of the most important representatives of humanistic photography. For many years he has been looked upon as the minstrel of picturesque Paris, with a charming eye and a unique sense of the unexpected visual anecdote. As a result he has been championed as a poet of the 'pure' moment. Doisneau's oeuvre is however much deeper and complex than that reputation suggests." (text: steidl)

über den Fotografen (1912-1994):
"Robert Doisneau begann 1929 beruflich zu fotografieren, ein Jahr nach Abschluss seines Studiums an der École Estienne in Paris mit einem Diplom für Lithografie und Gravur. Seine erste Fotoreportage wurde 1932 gedruckt. 1934 wurde er Werksfotograf des heute abgerissenen Renault-Werkes auf der Île Seguin in Boulogne-Billancourt.
1939 gab er diese Anstellung auf und arbeitete freiberuflich.
Der Kontakt während des Krieges mit Charles RADO, dem Gründer der Agentur Rapho, brachte ihn endgültig zum Fotojournalismus. Von 1946 an wurde er durch diese Agentur vertreten.
Von 1949 bis 1952 arbeitete er für die Zeitschrift Vogue, davor und danach fotografierte er für Life, Paris Match, Réalités, Point de Vue, Regards und andere Illustrierte. Es entstanden Portraits bekannter Persönlichkeiten wie Pablo PICASSO, Fernand LÉGER, Georges BRAQUE oder Orson WELLES." (text: wikipedia, 10.01.2017, Quelle: https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Doisneau)