Chronology
 
 
1912
Born April 14th in Gentilly, France.

1926-29
Studies at Ecole Estienne in Paris and receives a diploma as an engraver-lithographer.

1930
Draftsman at the Ulman Workshop.

1931
Assistant to Andre Vigneau.

1932
Images of a flea market are the first photographs sold to the daily publication, L’Excelsior.

1934-38
Works as an industrial photographer at the Renault factories in Billancourt, France.

1939
Introduced to The founder of the Ralpho agency, Charles Rado.
Begins working as a fully independent photographer.

1942
Meets renowned French typographer Maximilien Vox.

1944
Introduced to French actor Maurice Baquet.

1945
Works for the first time with Pierre Betz, editor for the magazine Le Point. This publication, now more than fifty years old, is still in publication.
Introduced to the Swiss poet and novelist Blaise Cendrars in Aix-en-Provence, France.
Meets photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson, one of the founding members of the photographic agency Magnum Photos.

1946
Raymond Grosset re-establishes the Ralpho Agency, which had closed during World War II. Doisneau would go on to work with the agency for nearly fifty years.
Works with the weekly publication, Action.
Travels to Yugoslavia.

1947
Introduced to Bordeaux shipper Robert Giraud as well as the French poet Jacques Prevert.

1949-51
Receives contract with Vogue magazine.

1960
Visits the United States to work in Hollywood and Palm Springs.

1967
Travels to work in the USSR to work for the magazine Working Life.

1975
Guest at the Meetings of Arles.

1984
Responsible for the topic of “New Urban Landscapes” for the photographic mission of DATAR.

1983
Introduced to French actress and producer Sabine Azema, who would later make the film Bonjour Monsieur Doisneau.

1985
Produces portraits of personalities for the magazine Femme.

1986
Meets the French journalist François Canna.

1991
Introduced to the French author Daniel Pennac.

1994
Dies April 1 in Paris.

 
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