French Humanists Fine Art Photography

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The French Humanist Photographers, i.e. Brassai, Doisneau, Cartier-Bresson, Boubat, Weiss, (among others) created a body of photography that illustrated French cultural identity. Their photographs of everyday happenings like classic cafes, bustling street life, day laborers, clandestine lovers in the doorway, are all given immortality in their pictures. Shot in a “documentary” black and white style, the pictures are not mere objective observations. The French Humanists playfully and keenly insert their subjective choices and interpretations of the life surrounding them into the frame. Their works embrace exuberant, as well as quiet moments that help define the human spirit.