Have you ever been inspired by someone? Perhaps a musician, a singer, a writer or an artist? I think that at some time in our lives we are all inspired by someone, be it a friend, our parents, or someone we meet by chance.
I was inspired by a photographer quite a long time ago and that’s why I became interested in photography. However, he is no ordinary photographer; his name is Robert Doisneau. Have you ever heard of him? Some of you may have seen Google’s Doodle to commemorate a hundred years from his birth on 14th April. I’m sure you’ve seen some of his works though!
Robert Doisneau was born in Gentilly (Ile de France) in April 1912 and died in 1994.
He is one of the greatest photographers in 1900 known for his humble, playful, and ironic images of amusing juxtapositions, mingling social classes, and eccentrics in contemporary Paris streets and cafes. Equally fascinating are his photos of children playing in the city, unfettered by parents.
In 1950 Doisneau created one of his most famous works : Le baiser de l’hôtel de ville (Kiss by the Hôtel de Ville) published on 12th June 1950 in the issue of Life.
Iit is a photograph of a couple kissing in the busy streets of Paris and the work became an internationally recognised symbol of young love in Paris. The couple in Le baiser were Françoise Delbart, aged 20, and Jacques Carteaud, aged 23, both aspiring actors.
“The marvels of daily life are exciting; no movie director can arrange the unexpected that you find in the street.”
He often said that what he tried to show was a world where he could feel good, where people would be gentle, where he would find the love he thought he could receive; he also said that his photographs showed that the world he dreamt of could exist.
I like people for their weaknesses and faults. I get on well with ordinary people. We talk. We start with the weather, and little by little we get to the important things. When I photograph them it is not as if I were examining them with a magnifying glass, like a cold and scientific observer. It’s very brotherly. And it’s better, isn’t it, to shed some light on those people who are never in the limelight.
Just have a look at this…
… a class of ordinary school children caught by Doisneau’s magical lens, bringing them right into the limelight. Stars in their own right! 🙂