"Robert 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. His oeuvre is however much deeper and complex than that reputation suggests. Contemplating his work as a whole, one discovers hispleasure 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.
The out-of-print photo volume 'From Craft to Art', the catalogue for the exhibition of around 100 original prints by Robert DOISNEAU presents these treasures alongside a new version of Jean-François Chevrier's essay, first published in 1983, which explores the rare ability to capture 'the shining melancholy that separates an individual from the crowd'." (© Steidl Verlag, 2010)
- Jean-François Chevrier
- HC (no dust jacket, as issued), 18 x 24 x 2,5 cm., 221 pp., b/w ills., 800 gr., text language: English