Quote of the Week by Robert Doisneau


“A hundredth of a second here, a hundredth of a second there — even if you put them end to end, they still only add up to one, two, perhaps three seconds, snatched from eternity.” —Robert Doisneau (1912-1994)

Robert Doisneau was a French photographer and early pioneer of photojournalism and street photography. Born on April 14, 1912 in Paris, France, Doisneau was hired by the Rapho photographic agency—which also represented André Kertész and Edouard Boubat—where he developed his keen eye for shooting on the streets, often catching his subjects unaware. After World War II, Doisneau freelanced for magazines such as Vogue and Life, where for its June 1950 love-themed issue, Doisneau shot his most famous photograph: Le baiser de l’hôtel de ville (1950), also known as The Kiss, an iconic shot of a young couple kissing passionately and unselfconsciously amongst the Parisian crowds. Later in his career, Doisneau went on to photograph artistic celebrities such as Alberto Giacometti, Jean Cocteau, and Pablo Picasso. He was awarded the Grand Prix National de la Photographie in 1983 and appointed a Chevalier of the Legion of Honour in 1984 for his contributions to French art and culture. Three years after his death on April 1, 1994 in Paris, a photo gallery in his name was opened in Gentilly, France.