April 13, 2012, 11:22 AM — Summary: Google, today and tomorrow in United States, is celebrating the life of French photojournalist Robert Doisneau with a “Google Doodle.” The temporary logo is now up and running in Australia and New Zealand.
Robert Doisneau’s 100th birthday tomorrow inspired Google to change its iconic and colorful logo into a black and white, collage-like piece of art including some of Doisneau’s famous photographs.
The “boy on a bike” photo of Robert Doisneau shows the letter G of Google, the two letter Os prints with the female sculpture photo, the lower part of the second G was printed in the toy dog photo and the remaining part of the second G with the letter L and letter E were placed inside the “Kiss by the Hotel de Ville, 1950″ photo of the famous French photographer.
A Leica camera user, Robert Doisneau, was born April 14th 1912 in Paris, was the son of a plumber, and was an orphan “then raised by an unloving aunt.” According to a Wikipedia entry, Doisneau started photography when he was 16 years old, but like other kids, he was reportedly so shy and started his amateur photography with cobble-stones before progressing to taking photographs of children and adults.
At the end of the 20s, Robert Doisneau took his first job, as a lettering artist at Atelier Ullmann, a creative graphics studio. Doisneau took the opportunity to switch from lettering to his favorite job, photography, while working in the studio that specialized in pharmaceutical industry.
In the 1930s, Robert Doisneau started earning money with his photographs. From the studio, he left and worked as an assistant with the modernist photographer André Vigneau. Apparently, with Vigneau, Doisneau evolved and started working as industrial advertising photographer in 1934.
During the World War II, around the 30s and 40s, he worked as a soldier and also a photographer for the French army. He worked with the France’s army until 1940, and after the end of the war, Robert Doisneau reportedly used his draughtsmanship, lettering artistry and engraving skills to forge French passports and IDs for the French Resistance.
His famous photographs, surprisingly, were taken after the war and after the revolution. One of which is the Kiss by the Hotel de Ville, one of his best street photography products. The photo, now used by Google’s logo today or the so-called Google Doodle, shows photo of a couple kissing in the busy streets of Paris.
Robert Doisneau died six months after the death of his wife, Pierrette Chaumaison. He reportedly died after suffering from heart bypass and pancreatitis.
Today, with the new Google Doodle, the search engine giant is reminding us that indeed, picture paints a thousand words — and in fact, pictures cost $1 Billion courtesy of Facebook’s Instagram acquisition.
Yes, social media, networking and the Post PC era are now focusing on photography, from Instagram, similar applications and smartphones and tablets with powerful cameras. The world, as we know it, is now addicted with photography — street photography.
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