Doisneau is famous for capturing the streets
and elusive spaces of Paris as the city entered
the modern era. Perhaps best known as the creator
of romantic images of Paris-particularly The
Kiss (Le Baiser de l'Hôtel de Ville)-Doisneau
is, in fact, a key figure in the history of
documentary photography. His passion was to
notice and record the ordinary life around him,
presented by chance, "like a bouquet."
He photographed everything from local weddings
to heads of states, from a homeless drunk asleep
over a subway grate to a masked ball in a Venetian
palace, recording the marginal and transitory
zones recognized by Charles Baudelaire and later
by Walter Benjamin as the symbolic, shifting
landscapes of modern life.