Today, the famous French photographer Robert Doisneau would’ve turned 100 years old. He started his career in the 1930s, documenting Parisian life by adding dignity and beauty to everyday situations. His commitment to elegance, humility and serenity set his work apart from other artists of his time and beyond.
“I don’t photograph life as it is, but life as I would like it to be.” His credo was most tangible in Le baiser de l’hôtel de ville which was published in LIFE magazine in 1950 – one of his most renowned pieces.
Mostly demure and uplifting in his work, Robert Doisneau’s art is still full of surprises and accessible on the Atelier Robert Doisneauwebsite, a wonderful source of information on the legacy of a classy man.
For the past few days, I’ve been all covered in paint and charcoal, I’ll thus make it short and just throw a couple of book recommendations your way. I’m still in the middle of exploring these gems and don’t really know which one to pick first I’m so taken with them. If you’re like me and all giddy about vintage fashion, pin-ups and art, you may find these books just as helpful and amazing. What a lovely way to spend a “moody-weather weekend”, reading and sketching. See for yourselves if you agree: