A Moment in Time

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LIFE magazine; November 5, 1971

I love old snapshots of everyday life. Perhaps no one did this better than Robert Doisneau, one of France's most popular and prolific photographers.

He is known for his modest, playful, and ironic images of amusing
juxtapositions, mingling social classes, and eccentrics in contemporary Paris streets and cafes. Doisneau has presented a charming vision of human frailty and life as a series of quiet, incongruous moments. He has written: "The marvels of daily life are exciting; no movie director can arrange the unexpected that you find in the street."

Text from The Encyclopedia of Photography (1984) - Robert Doisneau

I particularly love this photograph. Doisneau captured a perfect moment. A lovely young performer has nonchalauntly placed her arm on an older gentleman's leg. The man seems quite happy with the turn of events, but his wife looks none too pleased. Thank you Doisneau for not allowing this moment to pass away.


  1. What a great photo, capturing the emotions of all involved.

  2. retro hound - i agree. I could stare at this picture all day for some reason.

  3. Awesome Photography of Robert Doisneau . Thanks for sharing this with us.