Robert Doisneau’s sensitive approach to street photography is beautifully reflected in “Les Enfants de la Place Hébert,” a lively snapshot depicting three children of various ages posing for his camera in the otherwise vacant streets of Paris. Doisneau’s depiction of quotidian Parisian life conveys a clear interest in capturing the true character of its inhabitants, as well as a distinct commitment to intimacy in his work.

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A pioneer of photojournalism, Robert Doisneau (French, 1912–1994) created some of the most famous street photographs of the 20th century. His spontaneous, playfully composed pictures of Parisian life featured eccentrics, children, bohemians, workers, and lovers. They captured moments of frailty and joy, injustice and empowerment, and always with humanity and warmth. Doisneau published over 20 books and received numerous awards, including the Grand Prix National de la Photographie and the Kodak Prize. His work has been exhibited in the most distinguished museums and galleries worldwide.

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Les Enfants de la Place Hébert, 1957
Lot Number 47
Gelatin silver print
Image: 11.5 x 9.5 in (29.21 x 24.13 cm)
Sheet: 16 x 12 in (40.64 x 30.48 cm)
Signed in ink in margin
Printed 1980s

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