Robert Doisneau

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Full NameRobert Doisneau
Date of BirthApril 14, 1912
Place of BirthGentilly, France
Date of DeathApril 1, 1994
Place of DeathMontrouge, France
Resting PlaceRaizeux
Education– Graduated from École Estienne in 1929 with diplomas in engraving and lithography
OccupationPhotographer, engraver
Known for– Street photography – Famous image “Le baiser de l’hôtel de ville” (The Kiss by the City Hall)
TitleChevalier of the Order of the Legion of Honour
Photographic Career– Champion of humanist photography – Pioneer of photojournalism – Remembered for playful and ironic images of Paris streets and cafes
Influence– Influenced by André Kertész, Eugène Atget, and Henri Cartier-Bresson – Presented a charming vision of human frailty and everyday moments
Early Life– Raised by an aunt after father’s death in World War I and mother’s death – Started photography at 16, initially photographing cobblestones due to shyness
Career Transition– Transitioned from draughtsman to camera assistant in advertising industry – Became a staff photographer at Atelier Ullmann, specializing in pharmaceuticals

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