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.


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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.

More info: René Maltête

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John L 10 months ago

Perfect example of 'gene' matching. :D

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Marc 10 months ago

Ariel, is that you?

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Lemur 10 months ago

Took me a second to realize that was a mirror

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Marc 10 months ago

Don't lose your head!

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Rosya Baby 10 months ago

third wheel detected

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Jeremie Guerra 10 months ago

The statue got cold...

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Fire Bird 10 months ago

If he is waiting for the other guy to make his move, that will be quite awhile. Stalemate.

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Marc 10 months ago

I guess she didn't shave those legs for quite some time.

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Jeremie Guerra 10 months ago

"I always wanted to be an astronaut"

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Marc 10 months ago

I guess someone got (a) cold...

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