Robert Doisneau, ‘Le baiser de l'Hôtel de Ville’, 1950, Phillips

Signature: Signed in ink in the margin; initialed, titled, dated in ink and stamped 'Original Silver Print' on the verso.

Ollier, Doisneau: Paris, p. 395
High Museum of Art, Chorus of Light: Photographs from the Sir Elton John Collection, p. 102
Koetzle, Photo Icons: Volume 2, pp. 72-73

Lumina Gallery (Yancey Richardson), New York

About Robert Doisneau

Perhaps best for his famous 1950 image of a couple kissing on the streets of Paris—Le baiser de l'hôtel de ville (Kiss by the Town Hall)—Robert Doisneau, along with Henri Cartier-Bresson, was a pioneer of photojournalism. Doisneau captured unassuming images of street life around Paris, as well as working on prestigious advertising and photojournalism campaigns. “The marvels of daily life are so exciting; no movie director can arrange the unexpected that you find in the street,” he once said. Recruited as both a soldier and photographer for the French resistance at the outbreak of the Second World War, Doisneau also produced images of France in wartime.

French, 1912-1994