10 Comical Street Photos From 1950s France By René Maltête
During the 1950s and ’60s, street photography was just starting to take foot as an art form, and French photographer René Maltête gave it a push with his candid and humorous scenes.
In 1951, Maltête moved to Paris at the age of 21, and bought a Semflex 6×6 camera 3 years later in hopes of pursuing a serious photography career. His big break, however, came with a series of photos that were slightly less than serious. He became known for his ‘stumbled-upon’ scenes of street life that teemed with ironic humor, showing how the funniest things that happen in life are often just a matter of good timing.
Though René Maltête sadly passed away in 2000, his work continues to be published and praised. Have a look at some of his best shots below.