Doisneau’s photographs evoke nostalgia for the days when the now vanished Les Halles market, «the belly of Paris,» sprawled across the center of the city. From fur-clad socialites to burly market porters, Doisneau captured the essence of every brand of Parisian character and the poetry in ordinary scenes: a cheery fruit seller bellowing from behind a pyramid of oranges, a fish vendor haggling over the price of the daily catch, or a mountain of floral bouquets ready to grace Parisian dinner tables. This volume exhibits some of Doisneau’s lesser-known yet extraordinary works, including six rare color photographs. Publication coincides with the ongoing long-awaited redevelopment of this Parisian hub.
Robert Doisneau (1912–1994) is one of the world’s most famous and celebrated photographers. Flammarion has published Robert Doisneau: Paris (2005/2010), Doisneau: Portraits of the Artists (2008), and Robert Doisneau: Palm Springs 1960 (2010). Vladimir Vasak, reporter for Arte, is the author of a book of Doisneau’s photographs of Alsace taken in the aftermath of World War II.