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, and don’t forget to vote for your favourites.