Between photo-journalism and picturesque paintings of society, humanist photography is a superb witness of people's mannerisms and customs. The core of this artistic current occurred after WWII through to the late 1960s. The photographs of Robert DOISNEAU
, Édouard BOUBAT
, Willy RONIS
, and others, fed the newspapers and magazines of the era …and are often reproduced today. These photographs - charged with emotion and capturing fleeting moments of everyday life - have the undeniable documentary value of authenticity, but simultaneously, via their black and white medium, express a certain aesthetic of nostalgia. Over the years, this duality has particularly attracted collectors who, today, are not frightened to pay high prices for big names in photography.