Today we should all celebrate “Photography” apart from the hot topic on “Instagram” for Photo lovers. Mr. Robert Doisneau – a French photographer. In the 1930s he used a Leica on the streets of Paris; together with Henri Cartier-Bresson he was a pioneer of photojournalism. He is renowned for his 1950 image Le baiser de d’hôtel de vile (Kiss by the Hotel de Ville), a photo of a couple kissing in the busy streets of Paris. Robert Doisneau was appointed a Chevalier (Knight) of the National Order of the Légion d’honneur in 1984.
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Robert Doisneau was appointed a Chevalier of the Order of the Légion d’honneur in 1984.
He won several awards throughout his life, including:
the Balzac Prize in 1986 (Honoré de Balzac)
the Grand Prix National de la Photographie in 1983
the Niépce Prize in 1956 (Nicéphore Niépce)
the Kodak Prize in 1947
A short film, “Le Paris de Robert Doisneau”, was made in 1973.
In 1992 the French actress and producer Sabine Azéma made the film Bonjour Monsieur Doisneau.
The Maison de la photographie Robert Doisneau in Gentilly, Val-de-Marne, is a photographic gallery named in his honour.
In honour of his photography of children’s street culture, there are several ‘Ecole Primaire’ (Primary Schools) named after him. An example is at Véretz (Indre-et-Loire).
The photography of Robert Doisneau has had a revival since his death in 1994. Many of his portraits and photos of Paris from the end of World War II through the 1950s have been turned into calendars and postcards and have become icons of French life.
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