Born: 1912, died: 1994. Nationality: French
Robert Doisneau is one of France's most prestigious photographers. He is noted for his long and checkered career, which saw him experiment with photojournalism, fashion photography and portrait photography. His images chronicle everyday French life, and it is his prolific outlook over the course of several decades which make him unique. His images do not seek to overcome the viewer: they are often modest in scope and playful. He was influenced by the work of Kertesz, Atget, and Cartier-Bresson and was struck by their powerful images of childhood. He published over 20 books providing realistic, but charming images of quiet, often personal moments in the lives of individuals. He wrote: "The marvels of daily life are exciting; no movie director can arrange the unexpected that you find in the street."