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Robert DOISNEAU (1912-1994)

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The photojournalism market is booming. Turnover at auction has risen by more than 250% in 10 years, and the trend is strong in the USA, France and the UK.For many years photojournalism was considered a secondary form of art, much like scientific or ethnographic photography. Since the 1950s however it has become well established, partly thanks to World Press Photo, with its annual contest celebrating the year’s best journalistic photographs, and a number of exhibitions underlining the news photo’s dual role as documentary testimony and aesthetic artefact.

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, BRASSAÏ, 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.

Edward STEICHEN, Cecil BEATON, Henri CARTIER-BRESSON, Robert CAPA, Raymond DEPARDON, Robert DOISNEAU, Walker EVANS, Dorothea LANGE, Marc RIBOUD are some of the biggest names in photojournalism, which for many years was considered a secondary form of art, much like scientific or ethnographic photography. Photojournalists bear witness to their time, using the camera to capture the real. Their photos have an important impact culturally as they become part of our collective memory, mainly through dissemination by the media.

Third time around must have been too much. This was the third year running that Thierry de Maigret had played host to collectors of photojournalism. His initial sale on 15 November 2001 was a first in the genre, and took EUR 250,000, with 124 lots finding buyers.

Robert DOISNEAU (1912-1994) (France) is an artist born in 1912 The oldest auction result ever registered on the website for an artwork by this artist is a photography sold in 1986, at Sotheby's, and the most recent auction result is a photography sold in 2019. Artprice.com's price levels for this artist are based on 2,910 auction results. Especially: print-multiple, photography. One art work by artist Robert DOISNEAU (1912-1994) will soon be available in auction rooms. You can also discover 5 artwork(s) currently for sale on Artprice's Marketplace. , sold by 1 Artprice store(s).
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