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Robert Doisneau

Hardcover, 9.8 x 13.4 in., 7.75 lb, 540 pages
US$ 70
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The most extensive monograph yet on the most popular of Parisian photographers, compiled by Doisneau’s longtime friend and TASCHEN author Jean Claude Gautrand, with unlimited access to the photographer’s extensive archives. Features more than 400 images, including lesser-known work outside of Paris, and a special preface by Doisneau’s daughters Francine Deroudille and Annette Doisneau.

An empathetic lens

The most extensive collection ever published on Robert Doisneau

As sensitive to human suffering as to the simple pleasures of life, Robert Doisneau is one of the most celebrated exponents of the Photographie humaniste that swept through the 1950s. Cherished in particular for his soulful portraits of Paris, Doisneau demonstrated a unique ability to find – and perfectly frame – charismatic characters, entertaining episodes, and fleeting moments of humor and affection.

A summation of a spectacular career, this is the most extensive Doisneau collection ever published, including all his best-loved images alongside many lesser-known compositions which equally rejoice in “the ordinary gestures of ordinary people in ordinary situations.” The many quotations from the photographer throughout the volume immerse the reader in Doisneau’s thoughts and give verbal expression to the sensitivity, warmth, and wit which characterize his pictures.

Through more than 400 images, we are transported to the grim suburbs of Doisneau’s youth; the world of manual labor whose nobility he so admired; and to the studios of the many groundbreaking artists that Doisneau captured in moments of reflection and creativity. A number of color shots of Palm Springs and the transformed suburbs of Doisneau’s childhood reveal a different, more critical eye to the master photographer.

For this new monograph on all aspects of the life and oeuvre of Robert Doisneau, his longtime friend and TASCHEN author Jean Claude Gautrand had unlimited access to the extensive photo archive Atelier Robert Doisneau. The preface is by Doisneau’s daughters Francine Deroudille and Annette Doisneau.
The author

Jean Claude Gautrand (1932–2019) was one of France’s most distinguished experts on photography. An active photographer since 1960, he also made a name for himself as a historian, journalist, and critic, with numerous publications including his TASCHEN books on Brassaï (2004), Paris. Portrait of a City (2011), Robert Doisneau (2014), and Eugène Atget. Paris (2016).

Robert Doisneau
Hardcover, 9.8 x 13.4 in., 7.75 lb, 540 pages
Robert Doisneau
Robert Doisneau
US$ 70
Robert Doisneau
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