It is a world icon, this poster of a kissing couple in black and white, adorning all the souvenir shops of Paris. If Eiffel Tower is the structure that identifies Paris, this photo symbolizes what Paris stands for – the City of Love and Romance!
But much as I have always coveted a copy of this poster to Paris-ify the wall of my sitting room, I never really thought about the man from whom this photo came into being. It was only when I read about his photo exhibition which is ongoing at the Hotel de Ville that I came to find out that he was the photographer of this picture of a couple stealing a passionate kiss on a Paris street.
Robert Doisneau (1912-1994) is one of the most famous French photographers and “The Kiss by the City Hall” is arguably one of his most famous photographs.
Did you know that when the woman in the photo put her original print for auction in 2005 in Paris – 55 years after it was taken – it fetched for $202,000!
I have accumulated my own “Kiss” shots over the past months and by using it as our today’s Theme, I might get lucky enough to find a buyer… who knows?
Here is the poster icon of Robert Doisneau, “The Kiss by the City Hall”.
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And this is “The Kiss” versions of mariadams!
The Kiss outside the Cinema….at the Champs Elysées
The Kiss by the Pont-Neuf
The Kiss on top of Galeries Lafayette
The Kiss at the Vatican (Rome)
The Kiss at Charles Bridge (Prague)
The Kiss in the Laundry