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14 April, 2012

Google Doodle Pays Homage to Street Photographer Robert Doisneau

Google Doodle Pays Homage to Street Photographer Robert Doisneau
by Alex Fitzpatrick on Mashable

Today’s Google Doodle features photographs from the famed French photographer Robert Doisneau on his 100th birthday.

Born April 14, 1912, Doisneau was one of the original street photographers — he wandered the streets of Paris snapping away with his Leica camera decades before thousands of Brooklyn’s hipsters would do the same throughout Williamsburg.

Doisneau picked up street photography at the age of 16. He entered the world of professional photography in a creative graphics studio and was later hired by French carmaker Renault. After being fired, he became a professional photojournalist and never looked back. He served as a war photographer during World War II and was appointed a Knight of the French Legion of Honor before he died in 1994.

“Le baiser de l’hôtel de ville (Kiss by the Town Hall),” a photograph of lovers kissing in the streets of Paris taken in 1950, became his most famous work. Doisneau was once sued by a couple that mistakenly believed themselves to be the pair in the photograph, because French law dictates that a person owns the copyright to their own likeness.

Doisneau won the case after revealing that he asked a different couple for permission to take the photograph. “Lovers kissing in the street, those couples are rarely legitimate,” he said while explaining why he didn’t take the shot without permission.

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