Robert Doisneau’s work is an inspiration for any street style photographer.
He’s best known for photos like, “The Kiss,” where he caught a couple locking lips in a crowd by Hôtel de Ville. I’m sure you’ve seen it. Or his photos of children playing by the Eiffel Tower. Not all of Doisneau’s work was innocent and lighthearted though. He also roamed the Paris streets at night, entering nightclubs to snap photos of couples dancing and courting at the bar. So sultry and raw.
While the focus of his images was not style, his ability to capture the spirit of a moment is what a good street style photographer aspires to achieve. His images are intimate — you’re right there with his subjects. You understand them. You’re in their world. In this way, his photographs are alive.
When I look at his photographs, their movement and life gives me energy. They wake my eyes up.
What do his photographs make you feel? Do you have a favorite?
If you like Doisneau’s work, Jean Claude Gautrand has compiled the most extensive collection ever of Doisneau’s photographs, which can be purchased here.