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Robert Doisneau

(1912—1994) French photographer


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(1912–94), French photographer. Born in Gentilly on the southern edge of Paris in 1912, Doisneau became a leading exponent of French humanist photography. He never moved away from the Parisian banlieue (suburbs), and famously turned down an invitation to join Magnum in 1947 because it would have meant considerable travel outside France, and more particularly Paris. He had also recently joined the Rapho agency and felt loyalty to its owner, Raymond Grosset.

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From The Oxford Companion to the Photograph in Oxford Reference.

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