Robert Doisneau The Couple from the Quai de la Rapée

Price $6,000

Ref.# 14093

Medium Silver print

Mount unmounted

Photo Date 1951  Print Date 1950s

Dimensions 8-3/8 x 7-1/16 in. (213 x 179 mm)

Photo Country France

Photographer Country France

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About This Image

Provenance: photographer; Robert Giraud (with his stamp on verso). With Doisneau's negative number (28058) in pencil on verso.

Robert Giraud (November 21, 1921–January 17, 1997), was a French journalist, poet and lexicographer. He is the author of over 30 books and subject of the 2009 biography "Monsieur Bob" by Olivier Bailly. In Paris he quickly became a regular at the bar l'Institut, where he befriended regulars including the photographer Robert Doisneau. Giraud worked for antiquarian 'Romi' whose shop by the Seine was frequented by Robert Doisneau, who made a series of photos there. From the liberation until the mid-1950s Giraud visited and befriended many homeless people (or clochards as referred to in French), pimps, prostitutes and eccentric former convicts. He brought his friend Robert Doisneau to explore this underworld which led to a beautiful series of portraits of unusual Parisian characters, including the couple in this image.

See: Doisneau, Three Seconds of Eternity, (Schirmer/Mosel 1973-2004), pl.76; Robert Doisneau: Paris (Flammarion 2005), p.273.

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