Robert Doisneau

In 1948 the great French photographer Robert Doisneau set up his Rolleiflex camera in the Galerie Romi in Paris, hidden behind an antique chair, to capture the reactions of passers-by to a strategically placed painting of a nude in the window – salacious by the standards of the time. Capturing a variety of emotions from shock and discomfort, to intrigue and amusement – Doisneau’s witty portrayal of the Parisian voyeur, in the ultimate ‘candid camera’, was an assignment for Life Magazine and published in the same year.
The series has become one of his most famous works.

Click here to view the photographs

Back to News and Updates

Robert Doisneau


OSBORNE SAMUEL GALLERY is one of London’s leading galleries, long established in the heart of Mayfair. The gallery began as Berkeley Square Gallery and became Osborne Samuel when Peter Osborne and Gordon Samuel joined forces. The gallery specialises in Modern British Painting and Sculpture and has a high reputation for the quality of its exhibitions and publications. Expand...

News & Updates

Visit our news area