Recently I bought a book of Robert Doisneau’s images. The frequent references to bicycles struck me. They often pop up as a workhorse, a beast of burden, but occasionally as an object of fun and excitement (and in the case of Tati’s bike below, an exploration of two wheeled anatomy). Sadly I couldn’t find a copy of ‘Cyclists a la vache noire’ (an image of cyclists preparing to race), but here are a short selection of bike themed images through the lens of one the greatest street photographers. Couldn’t resist the image at the bottom (L’anfer) – he also had a wry eye and a typically healthy Gallic attitude to figures of authority.
Robert Doisneau: 1912-1994 (Taschen Icons) is available from good bookshops for £6.99