Robert Doisneau was born on April 14, 1912 in Gentilly, in the suburbs of Paris. Having a not-so-good experience at school, he entered a craft school at the age of 13 and had his first contact with the arts. The school gave a very limited art training, which he complemented with evening classes in life-drawing and still-life. He studied lithography at the Ecole Estienne in Paris from 1926 to 1929. Doisneau discovered photography in 1929 and started working for Renault in 1934. He remained at Renault for five years until he was fired for truancy.
After being fired in 1939, he decided to become an independent photojournalist, but instead was called by the French army. He worked for the French Resistance until the end of the war, during which time he produced postcards to earn money. In 1949, Doisneau signed a contract with Vogue, and worked there for three years. In 1952, he finally started working as a freelance photographer. Doisneau died in April, 1994 in Paris.
More of Robert Doisneau’s images can be see at photography-now.net.