Robert Doisneau (1912-1994) is best known for his magical, timeless 35mm street portraits taken in Paris and its suburbs. Fresh, unstaged, and full of poetry and humor, his photographs portray everyday people (in
everyday places, doing everyday things) frozen in time, unwittingly revealing fleeting personal emotions in a public context. Doisneaus gift was the ability to seek out and capture, with humanity and grace, those little epiphanies of everyday Paris
ian life. This book traces Doisneaus life and career, providing a wonderful introduction to the work of this seminal photographer. Jean-Claude Gautrand, born in 1932, is one of France's most distinguished experts on photography. An active photograph
er since 1960, he has also made a name for himself as a journalist and critic, with numerous publications.