“Kiss by the Hotel de Ville” aka The Kiss on the Sidewalk (Le Baiser du trottoir)
“The marvels of daily life are exciting; no movie director can arrange the unexpected that you find in the street.”
Robert Doisneau liked to refer to himself as a “pecheur d’images,” a fisher of images. He immersed himself in his surroundings where he waited to catch the right shot. As one of the most famous French photographers of his day, Doisneau relied on his intuition rather than rational thinking. He took pictures based on his instinct at the moment they occurred.In 1950 he included one of his photographs, The Kiss by the Hotel de Ville, in Life magazine. The photograph of a man and woman kissing on a populated street in Paris has become his most famous works. Not only does it represent love and romance, it also defines Paris as the city of love. The photograph along with the article has become a symbol for those around the world.
P.S. The couple in the picture was actor-models and in 1988, the models did not like the fact that the Kiss became a popular icon and sued Doisneau. Fortunately, the claims failed but his name became mud in his last years.