Perhaps the most popular photograph by Robert Doisneau happened in 1950 when he took a shot of a young couple kissing with the Hotel de Ville as its background. The photo is called “The Kiss by Hotel de Ville." The image had been used in millions of note cards, post cards, posters and calendars. Interestingly, a retired couple filed a case against Doisneau a few years before his death in 1994 claiming that they were the couple pictured in the said photograph, and thus should be given compensation. The case was eventually dismissed, but Robert Doisneau revealed something about the said photo: it was choreographed. The revelation was a shocker among many photography enthusiasts, who all along thought that the photograph was candid.
From the 50s to his retirement, Robert Doisneau's images were used in thousands of publications including the popular Life and Vogue magazines. “The Kiss by Hotel de Ville " was in fact first published in Life magazine. Doisneau also made a name for his impeccable portraits of French artists and VIPs like Raymond Queneau and Jacques Tati.
In the 60s and 70s, Robert Doisneau dabbled in commercial photography. He even published several photographic books especially made for children. During his last few years, the still active Doisneau recorded the changing suburbs of his hometown.
Robert Doisneau died on April 1, 1994 in Paris at the age of 81. His death was due to acute pancreatic operations.