Google today is celebrating the French photographer – Robert Doisneau’s 100th birthday by featuring a monochrome Google Doodle on its homepage. The doodle consists of four photographs on Robert Doisneau in which the letters ‘Google’ are incorporated.
Robert Doisneau was a French photographer, born on 14 April 1912 in Gentilly, Val-de-Marne, Paris. Doisneau is greatly renowned for this 1950 image Le baiser de l’hôtel de ville (Kiss by the Hôtel de Ville), a photo of a couple kissing in the busy streets of Paris.
He is best known for his skills in Street Photography and also the playful images in everyday French life. Doisneau has not only photographed, but also published over twenty books, which comprised of several charming pictures of personal moments in the lives of individuals in Paris.
He was just a 16-year-old when he showed interest in Photography and took up amateur photography. He began working at Atelier Ullmann (Ullmann Studio), a creative graphics studio, and helped out as a camera assistant. In 1931, he voluntarily quit his job and took up a job as an assistant with photographer André Vigneau. In the year 1932, he sold his first photo story to Excelsior magazine.
Later on, he was hired as an industrial advertising photographer by Renault. At the same time he started showing interest in working with photography and people. However, he was fired in 1939 for being constantly late, and was forced to take up freelance advertising and postcard photography to earn his living.
He won several awards throughout his life, including:
- Balzac Prize in 1986 (Honoré de Balzac)
- Grand Prix National de la Photographie in 1983
- Niépce Prize in 1956 (Nicéphore Niépce)
- Kodak Prize in 1947
Apart from that, he made a short film – “Le Paris de Robert Doisneau” in 1973. Doisneau’s photographs were popular among the people of Paris. Many of his photos from the end of World War II through the 1950s have been used to print calendars and postcards, and also have become icons of French life.
Doisneau married Pierrette Chaumaison in the year 1936, and had two daughters Annette and Francine. Pierrette was suffering from the infamous Alzheimer disease and died in 1993. Six months later, Doisneau died having a triple heart bypass and suffering from acute pancreatitis.