Iconic, French and Classically Romantic, is how I would describe work by Robert Doisneau. One of the pioneers of street photography, he and Henri Cartier Bresson made what we see of classical photography with their Leica’s on the streets of Paris. I’m today going to take you through his book “ICONS” published by Taschen.
Doisneau’s real strength lies in capturing mood. The era and the ambiance of the city, the society as a whole. Unlike photographers making a image, he was a observer in time, standing still with a clear gaze and winning smile. Inspired by artists of the time like Brassai, Krull, Kertesz, Vigneau and many more, he came to take photographs which not only speak about the time but core human emotions.
Frankly, the book’s quality is not as great as I’d have wanted it to be. Its well printed but the images are too small. With so much detail and mood in the images, seeing a real big print would be heaven.
Doisneau is a great photographer to study and the sections make it so much better to look through his work. Yes I wish that the prints would have been better with larger size or matt paper but still a great book to have.