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Le Baiser de l'Hotel de Ville

Tuesday, April 08, 2008

My most favorite photograph taken of anything, by anyone, ever:


By Robert Doisneau, titled "Le Baiser de l'Hotel de Ville," or "Kiss at City Hall." (Paris, 1950)

Incredibly romantic. I especially like the way he pulled the cigarette down and held it away from her as he kissed her. It seems like he stopped her in the middle of walking. I love how much "motion" you can see all around the focal point of their kiss. The cars, the other people, even the couple themselves turning toward each other. But the kiss is still. The kiss is silent.

Perhaps my participation in (and love for) acting makes it so I don't mind whatsoever that the picture was posed. The moment was real and spontaneous for what it was created to be, and I'm mesmerized by each person's role in making this photograph possible. It's a well written love story.

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