In 1950 Doisneau created his most recognizable work for Life – Le Baiser de l’hôtel de ville (Kiss by the Hôtel de Ville), a photograph of a couple kissing in the busy streets of Paris, which became an internationally recognised symbol of young love in Paris. The identity of the couple remained a mystery until 1992.
The couple in Le baiser were Françoise Delbart, 20, and Jacques Carteaud, 23, both aspiring actors. The photograph was published in 12 June 1950, issue of Life. The relationship between Delbart and Carteaud only lasted for nine months.
Featured Image: Le Baiser de l’hôtel de ville / Image: Robert Doisneau