Robert Doisneau was born 1912 in Gentilly, Val-de-Marne, in the southern suburbs of Paris, France. He died in 1994. Doisneau is famous for his photographs of Parisian street life. Originally trained as a lithographer, he took up photography as a profession in the early 1930s, working for the French magazine, Le'Excelsior. In the late 1930s, he worked as a publicity photographer for Renault, until he was fired for frequent absences from work. During WWII, he joined the Resistance, both fighting and serving as a photographer.
Primarily working in Paris, Doisneau is best known for his photographs of kissing couples and children.