Hilarious Street Photography From the 1950s That Shows How The Funniest Things In Life Are Often Just A Matter Of Good Timing

During the 1950s, Street photography was just starting to become a thing as an art form, and French photographer René Maltête gave it a push with his perfectly timed, candid photos that capture amusing situations in everyday life.

In 1951, René moved to Paris to become a film director but lacked a camera. However, in 1954 he bought a Semflex 6×6 still camera in hopes of pursuing a serious career in photography. His big break came in 1960 when, after many rejections, his first book Paris des rues et des chansons was published. Rene became known for his “stumbled upon” scenes of street life where humor is always present, showing us how the funniest things in life are often just a matter of good timing. Have a look below for some of our favorites!

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