Paris, Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson

Robert Doisneau’s black and white documentary images have become legendary for their picturesque representations of Paris and the Parisian suburbs. This exhibition intends to show how his work evolved from being the remnants of a profession, in which he photographed to survive, to a body of work that is today considered art. A selection of one hundred original prints is on display, taken between 1930 and 1966, chosen from his studio or diverse private and public collections. Himself born in a suburb of Paris, Robert Doisneau held a life-long fascination for the suburbs, perhaps in an effort to capture a disappearing culture and moment in time.

A touching portrait of Robert Doisneau by Henri Cartier-Bresson brings to the fore their deep and abiding friendship. They were part of a group of professionals that could arguably be called the “fathers” of the documentary photography tradition, though these two men had distinct approaches to photography. Doisneau valued “the imperfect lens” while Henri Cartier-Bresson remained faithful to rigorous framing based on the disciplines of painting and drawing. It was reported that at the burial of his Robert Doisneau, Cartier-Bresson threw a half of an apple on his tomb, and took a bite of the other half.

January 13th through April 18th, 2010
2, Impasse Lebouis
75014 Paris
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