Robert Doisneau

Robert Doisneau was a French photographer born 1912, died 1994.  In the 1930s he used a Leica on the streets of Paris. He was a champion of humanist photography and with Henri Cartier-Bresson a pioneer of photojournalism.
Vitrine londonienne
The photograph shows a man in the water with a double base floating next to him.  The story has elements of curiosity, why is the man smiling back at the photograph, more curious is why is the man has a musical instruement floating next to him.  The viewer can invent many reasons why this might have happened.
Le Plongeur du Pont d’Iena . Paris. 1945
In the photograph you can see a man jumping into space. The viewer does not know why they are jumping, or if it’s safe. You assume they are jumping in to the water and the landing will be safe into deep water.  The story tells a s tory and lets the viewer decide on the possible outcome.
Web sites with biography and many examples of his work.

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