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Kiss by the Hotel de Ville, 1950
© Atelier Robert Doisneau

Robert Doisneau Centennial Retrospective

Mar. 24May. 13, 2012

  • Mar. 24May. 13, 2012
  • Closed Monday(if Monday is a national holiday or a substitute holiday, it is the next day) ,No closures during the Golden Week holidays (April 30-May 6)
  • Admission:Adults ¥800/College Students ¥700/High-School and Junior-High School Students, People over 65 ¥600

With a free spirit and a keen eye for observation, French photographer Robert Doisneau brilliantly captured the little dramas of everyday life. A full century after his birth, his unparalleled photographs -- witty and unabashed celebrations of humanity -- continue to resonate with people all over the world.

To commemorate the 100-year anniversary of Doisneau's birth, the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography is exhibiting through May 13 a large-scale retrospective that covers this remarkable photographer's entire career. Organized with the full cooperation of the Atelier Robert Doisneau, the exhibit includes approximately 200 photographs carefully selected from over 450,000 prints and negatives.

In addition to a large selection of the Paris scenes that have become Doisneau's most representative work, the exhibition includes early photographs taken in the 1920s, delicate landscapes of the outskirts of Paris and his very personal and anti-war record of the French Resistance during World War II. There are also portraits of famous people, including Pablo Picasso, Edith Piaf and Jacques Tati, images of children, and color photos that have never been exhibited before. Together, they provide rare insight into the creative genius of this great humanist who maintained his entire life that he was not an artist.

A 192-page exhibition catalog published by Crevis Co. Ltd. with 185 black-and-white photographic reproductions is available at the museum for 2,100 yen.
Text is in Japanese only. Copies can also be purchased by contacting the publisher at Payment for international orders by wire transfer only.


増水した側溝、1934年 雪合戦、芸術橋、1945 芸術橋の上のフォックステリア、1953年
left)Le Caniveau en crue, 1934
center)Boules de neige au Pont des Arts, 1945
right)Fox terrier au pont des Arts, 1953

リヴォリ通りのスモック姿の子供たち、1978年 カフェ・ノワール・エ・ブラン(黒と白)、1948年
left)Les Tabliers de Rivoli, 1978
right)Café noir et blanc, Joinville-le-Pont, 1948

光学的な歪み、1965年 パリ祭のラストワルツ、1949年7月14日
left)Distorsion optique, 1965
right)Le dernière valse du 14 juillet, 1949

ピカソとフランソワーズ・ジロー、1952年 アルジャントゥイユ、ヴァル・ドワーズ、1984年 「DATAR(国土整備庁)の任務によるシリーズ」より
left)Pablo Picasso et Françoise Girot à Vallauris, 1952
right)Argenteuil, 1984

■Organized by Crevis inc.
■Cosponsorship Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography
■Sponsored Canon Marketing Japan Inc.
■With cooperation of Atelier Robert Doisneau, DNP Art Communications Co., Ltd., AIR FRANCE
■Patronized by Embassy of France