Robert Doisneau Paris: New Compact Edition

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Doisneau’s work immortalized the magic of Paris for posterity; this stunning compact edition, edited by the artist’s daughters, includes over six hundred photographs. Doisneau is celebrated for his ability to infuse images of daily life with poetic nuances that have brought enduring popular appeal to his photojournalism. This collection pairs aesthetically-composed photographs alongside snapshots that offer a more personal account of Doisneau’s Paris. Organized thematically, this book—unprecedented in scope—gives...
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Overview

Doisneau’s work immortalized the magic of Paris for posterity; this stunning compact edition, edited by the artist’s daughters, includes over six hundred photographs. Doisneau is celebrated for his ability to infuse images of daily life with poetic nuances that have brought enduring popular appeal to his photojournalism. This collection pairs aesthetically-composed photographs alongside snapshots that offer a more personal account of Doisneau’s Paris. Organized thematically, this book—unprecedented in scope—gives an entrancing tour through the gardens of Paris, along the Seine, and amid the crowds of Parisians who live in and define their bewitching city. "An enchanting cross-section of Parisian life by one of the photographers who best captured its many charms." —The New York Times, 2005
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Photographer Doisneau (1912-1994) had a tremendous gift not only for portraying the beauty of Paris but for capturing the charm of its citizens; some of his images have come to define Paris, even for those who've never visited. Most of the 600 photos in this classic collection feature at least one person, and the expressions on their faces are so real they feel staged. One, of a young woman finishing a roller-coaster ride, catches her with a look of "mon dieu, I thought I'd die!" The way Doisneau composes his images, focusing on a subject's "aura" ("that kind of neon light," he says, glowing around certain people) is striking. He possesses a satirical eye for humor (e.g., the shots of various sculptures doused in pigeon droppings) and the bizarre (a Monsieur Beauvoir sitting at a bar with a large bird perched on his shoulder). The chapters are broadly thematic (the one on war and politics is particularly powerful); within chapters, there are themes: e.g., butchers, the Metro, visitors observing the Mona Lisa. Doisneau's commentary appears throughout, as his photographs-whether from the 1940s or the 1990s-illustrate a society that is alternately refined, puzzling and, above all, human. (Nov.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
As one of the most popular French "street photographers," Doisneau (1912-94) is known worldwide for his playful, eccentric, and unpredictable views of Parisian life. From 1929 to the mid-1990s, he photographed his beloved city with a subjective eye, portraying it as a romantic, captivating place. Many of his photographs, most notably The Kiss, which has been mass-produced in poster form, have achieved iconic status. This exhaustive collection presents more than 600 images-many previously unpublished-divided into five thematic sections: "Paris by Surprise," "Paris in Upheaval," "Paris for Parisians," "Paris at Play," and "Paris in Concrete." It is edited by Doisneau's daughter, Derondille, who pairs the photographs with quotations from her father's personal writing that illustrate his optimistic philosophy. Derondille also includes a biography of the artist and a bibliography of his work. This work nicely complements previous books on Doisneau, which include Doisneau Portfolio, Doisneau Paris, and Peter Hamilton's Robert Doisneau: A Photographer's Life. Recommended for all collections.-Shauna Frischkorn, Millersville Univ., PA Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9782080301178
  • Publisher: Rizzoli
  • Publication date: 10/26/2010
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 814,339
  • Product dimensions: 7.80 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert Doisneau (1912–1994) is one of the world’s most famous and popular photographers. His lyrical, touching, and at times nostalgic images have become iconic. He worked as a professional photographer in industry, journalism, and fashion, and later as a freelancer, but his real interest lay in capturing ordinary people in everyday situations on film.
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