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Robert Doisneau: The Lean Years (1960-1980)


In the 1960s, everything ground to a halt. In France, photography went into a sudden decline and, for many photographers, these were the wilderness years. Publications and exhibitions were increasingly rare and the demand for images drastically declined. The press itself, now seriously under pressure from television (the number of sets in French households already exceeded a million), moved away from humanist photography; it favored a more detached style and a new generation of photographers with a vision that was at odds with the humanists and the narrative reportages of the illustrated press.

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