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『ドアノーの贈りもの 田舎の結婚式』ロベール・ドアノー

ドアノーの贈りもの 田舎の結婚式








  • No.015
  • “Cadeau de Robert Doisneau Un Mariage à la Campagne” obert Doisneau
    Kawade Shobo Shinsha
  • TUESDAY, 5th NOVEMBER, 2013 by Yoshiyuki Morioka

This book is a collection of photographs taken from a wedding in a village by representative French photographer, Robert Doisneau. The time is 1951. The bride is 18 and the groom is 24. It is a documentary from the unique view of Doisneau.

Doisneau’s contact with the village is due to his fleeing the invasion of the German army during the World War II. The bride’s family housed the Doisneau family. Afterwards, about 7 years later, Doisneau returned to the village for the wedding. It’s because of this that the photographs feel as if the photographer did not express his emotions. Those that do are because of his self-respect for the job of making someone happy.

There is the respectable field of work in bridal photography, but this collection stands out compared to the usual bridal photos because the focal point is on the expressions of those present other than the bride and groom, like the children and elderly.
Doisneau captured their adoration, joy, tension, relief, nostalgia. It’s as though the bride and groom’s emotions are reflected in the attendants’ expressions themselves, as if he’s saying that their parents’ emotions are spoken in their expressions. And he is succeeding in clearly expressing to us the atmosphere of a living village filled with joy.

It must have been a particularly peaceful pleasure as it was a place of wartime memories for Doisneau. In the world of art history, they are apt to say that one’s work is more likely to remain in history than one’s expression, and these photographs are likely to be one of those.

Essayist Yoko Hiramatsu writes at the end how these photographs were first released to the public and when she came upon them. We wouldn’t be able to see these photographs if she were unimpressionable. Her essays are worth reading, too.