Robert Doisneau and Hedgehogs

April 14 is 100 years since Robert Doisneau was born, so I thought it’d be fun to highlight a few of his lesser known works. I recently saw the movie “Hedgehog” and while scrolling through some of Doisneau’s work at Atelier Robert Doisneau, I found a set of concierge photos. Quelle chance!

La concierge est dans l'escalier

Parisian concierge, 1964

Muriel Barbery’s novel about a concierge, The Elegance of the Hedgehog, is a great read with lots of literary and art references, a precocious girl, and a cranky concierge.


Photographer Robert Doisneau

Robert Doisneau is one of my favorite photographers, along with Eugène Atget, Ansel Adams, Henri Cartier-Bresson, and Dorothea Lange. I prefer black and white photography, and really appreciate photographers who can capture the history and feeling of a place. Mr. Doisneau’s street photography highlights the simple pleasures in life- a kiss, a dance, a smile.

My sweetie gave me a copy of the book Doisneau Paris, by Brigitte Ollier for Christmas. What a fabulous surprise it was! It’s a lovely coffee table book with nearly 600 photographs by Doisneau. It makes me want to take out the old Pentax-K1000 and shoot some black and white photos. Of course, it also makes me want to go to Paris.


Les bouchers mélomanes, La Villette, 1953

Jacqueline Delubac au balcon, Paris, 1951

Concierge aux lunettes, 1945

I downloaded these images from the Atelier Robert Doisneau website, which has an outstanding portfolio of his lesser known works. EuropeUpClose has an interesting post about Mr. Doisneau that includes some biographical information.