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As a photographer, Robert Doisneau is known for his ability to infuse images of daily life with poetic nuance that imbued his photojournalism with an enduring popular appeal. The unprecedented scope of this collection provides the opportunity to study his more composed, aesthetically structured images alongside his snapshots, which offer a more anecdotal account of Doisneau's Paris. Organized thematically, the book leads us on an entrancing tour through the gardens of Paris, along the Seine, and through the crowds of Parisians who define their beloved city. More than 600 photographs-many rare, forgotten, and previously unpublished-are assembled in this beautiful volume to create a unique portrait of Paris. From toddlers scrambling to cross rue de Rivoli to fresh-faced accordionists, from elegant dog walkers to exuberant roller skaters, and from the indelible kiss in front of the Hétel de Ville to cyclists beneath the Eiffel Tower, the magic of Paris in black and white is a timeless treasure. The photographs, edited by Doisneau's daughter, are complemented by citations from the photographer himself, which reveal his profound fascination with the city where he lived and worked.

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"Photographer Doisneau (1912 — 1994) had a tremendous gift not only for portraying the beauty of Paris but for capturing the charm of its citizens; some of his images have come to define Paris, even for those who've never visited. Most of the 600 photos in this classic collection feature at least one person, and the expressions on their faces are so real they feel staged. One, of a young woman finishing a roller-coaster ride, catches her with a look of 'mon dieu, I thought I'd die!' The way Doisneau composes his images, focusing on a subject's 'aura' ('that kind of neon light,' he says, glowing around certain people) is striking. He possesses a satirical eye for humor (e.g., the shots of various sculptures doused in pigeon droppings) and the bizarre (a Monsieur Beauvoir sitting at a bar with a large bird perched on his shoulder). The chapters are broadly thematic (the one on war and politics is particularly powerful); within chapters, there are themes: e.g., butchers, the Mtro, visitors observing the Mona Lisa. Doisneau's commentary appears throughout, as his photographs — whether from the 1940s or the 1990s — illustrate a society that is alternately refined, puzzling and, above all, human." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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Readers who do not recognize Doisneau's name are more likely to recognize some of the French photographer's iconic images of mid-century Paris. In this handsome oversize volume (10x12.5"), Doisneau's daughters Francine Derondille and Annette Doisneau have assembled a stunning collection of 560 of their father's black & white photographs of the city. His beautifully composed images are often both humorous and poignant. They include street scenes, interiors, and portraits, all of which reveal his affection for the city and its inhabitants. Many of these images have never before appeared in print. The images are accompanied by quotations taken from Doisneau's private notebooks and from published works. Simultaneously published in French as Doisneau Paris.
Annotation 2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Book News Annotation:

Readers who do not recognize Doisneau's name are more likely to recognize some of the French photographer's iconic images of mid-century Paris. In this handsome oversize volume (10x12.5"), Doisneau's daughters Francine Derondille and Annette Doisneau have assembled a stunning collection of 560 of their father's black & white photographs of the city. His beautifully composed images are often both humorous and poignant. They include street scenes, interiors, and portraits, all of which reveal his affection for the city and its inhabitants. Many of these images have never before appeared in print. The images are accompanied by quotations taken from Doisneau's private notebooks and from published works. Simultaneously published in French as Doisneau Paris. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

About the Author

Robert Doisneau (1912-1994) is one of the world's most famous and popular photographers. His poetic, touching, and at times nostalgic images of France have become iconic. He did a stint at Vogue, but his real interest lay in capturing on film ordinary people in everyday situations. He received many prizes during his life; since his death in 1994 there have been major retrospectives of his work in Paris, Chicago (The Art Institute), and New York (the Witkin Gallery). Francine Derondille is Doisneau's daughter.

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Product Details

ISBN:
9782080304919
Editor:
Doisneau, Robert
Publisher:
Flammarion-Pere Castor
Photographer:
Doisneau, Robert
Editor:
Derondille, Francine
Author:
Derondille, Francine
Author:
Doisneau, Robert
Subject:
Individual Photographer
Subject:
Individual Photographers - General
Subject:
Photography-Photographers
Subject:
photography;paris;france;robert doisneau
Publication Date:
20051131
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
400 BandW ILLUSTRATIONS
Pages:
400
Dimensions:
12.60x9.92x1.54 in. 5.97 lbs.

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Photographer Doisneau (1912 — 1994) had a tremendous gift not only for portraying the beauty of Paris but for capturing the charm of its citizens; some of his images have come to define Paris, even for those who've never visited. Most of the 600 photos in this classic collection feature at least one person, and the expressions on their faces are so real they feel staged. One, of a young woman finishing a roller-coaster ride, catches her with a look of 'mon dieu, I thought I'd die!' The way Doisneau composes his images, focusing on a subject's 'aura' ('that kind of neon light,' he says, glowing around certain people) is striking. He possesses a satirical eye for humor (e.g., the shots of various sculptures doused in pigeon droppings) and the bizarre (a Monsieur Beauvoir sitting at a bar with a large bird perched on his shoulder). The chapters are broadly thematic (the one on war and politics is particularly powerful); within chapters, there are themes: e.g., butchers, the Mtro, visitors observing the Mona Lisa. Doisneau's commentary appears throughout, as his photographs — whether from the 1940s or the 1990s — illustrate a society that is alternately refined, puzzling and, above all, human." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
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