Robert Doisneau Tattoo Photographs From 1950
For those of you that don't know, Robert Doisneau is famous french photographer that started out in the 1930's.
His most known photograph is probably of the couple kissing in a french cafe. But there is a side of his work that is not really known or studied, in 1947 he was introduced by his friend,the writer Robert Giraud, to the Parisian low life of hookers and pimps, criminals and delinquents, back then the art of tattoo was mostly for these kinds of folks, and in this underworld scene, Doisneau made some of his best work!
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On his own words: "With Him, I met people on the edge. A group of individuals who lived outside the law. Bob loved to listen to prostitutes and pimps; I found the whole milieu a bit stupid. The whores talked about sex, that wasn’t my thing. But Vogue magazine’s “pseudo distinction” wasn’t my thing either; I had started to find the whole thing frustrating. In the end, I managed to treat my fashion photographer’s depression with my friend Giraud!"
Robert Giraud was fascinated by tattoos and the stories behind them, so together with Doisneau and Jacques Delarue, a police inspector and old cellmate of Giraud, they worked the bars of les Halles and the streets Mouffetard and Maubert, to create the book "Les tatouages du milieu" released in 1950