Many know Robert Doisneau for his photograph La Baiser de l'hôtel de ville — an image of romance and cultural liberation. It was the image that people think of when the name Doisneau is mentioned. That one kiss was burned into our consciousness with its impact, intimacy and emotional appeal. This exhibition explores the other side of Doisneau’s work — one that is far from Paris’ lavish bourgeois, all while being told in the same visual qualities.
Robert Doisneau — The Poet of the Paris Suburb is currently on display at the Kulturhuset Stadsteatern Gallery 3 in Stockholm until November 25, 2018. It is also the first exhibition to feature the photographic work of Doisneau in Sweden. The show is co-produced by Atelier Robert Doisneau and diChroma Photography, Madrid.
The late photographer had a soft spot for scenes that upheld the human element. Doisneau found a lot of it in the suburbs and he always felt that he belonged. The quiet streets, relative to that of Paris, became the place where he got inspiration. The daily life in the suburbs was an open call for him to exercise his creativity and practice his observant eye. Its people were his tribe and the scenes his canvas. Each image in this exhibit showcases the master photographer’s fascination with simple things along with his ability to turn them into extraordinary photographs.
Robert Doisneau was a purveyor of memories and a collector of moments. Every frame he captured was a story all on its own. At the time of his passing in 1994, he had amassed 450,000 negatives that when sewn together, creates a tale worth telling.