It was in the street, in the famous "school of hard knocks," that this most popular of French photographers learned his poetry; his tenderness and humor and the compassionate gaze that he lavished on the world around him. His work was long thought to epitomize the Parisian picturesque - the unexpected anecdote and the lovable humor - but a more accurate analysis of his six decades of "fishing for imagees" reveals a depth and thoughtfulness that undoubtedly modify and enrich the immediate impact of his oeuvre.
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