Apparently the world’s best-known celebrity couple have made the move after repeated pressure from their 6 children. The couple’s engagement was confirmed after many people spotted a sparkling new ring on Angelina’s engagement finger when she was at an event at the LA County Museum of Art on Wednesday.
The fact that it was indeed an engagement ring was confirmed by the jeweller Robert Procop’s spokesperson who said: “I can confirm that, yes, Robert Procop did indeed design an engagement ring for Angelina Jolie, designed in collaboration with Brad Pitt.”
”Brad had a specific vision for this ring, which he realised over a year-long collaboration. He wanted every aspect of it to be perfect, so I was able to locate a diamond of the finest quality and cut it to an exact custom size and shape to suit Angelina’s hand. Brad was always heavily involved, overseeing every aspect of the creative design evolution. The side diamonds are specially cut to encircle her finger. Each diamond is of the highest gem quality.”
You get some idea of just how big a deal this wedding is going to be by the comments made by the editor of Hollywood Reporter who said: “This is really a state wedding. This is America’s equivalent to Prince William and Kate Middleton.” He called the Brangelina wedding “the media event of the new century.”
There will now be much speculation over a date, venue, guest list, wedding dress designer, magazine deals and what role each of the children will have at the ceremony.
Despite the comments about the wedding being the media event of the century it is likely that the couple will want to have a fairly intimate wedding ceremony and one likely venue is their French home, the beautiful Chateau Miraval in Correns.
It looks like there may be another opportunity for the couple to work together again as they are both being mentioned with regard to the new thriller “The Counselor” which is directed by Ridley Scott and based on the book by Cormac McCarthy. The couple originally met in 2005 when they were filming “Mr and Mrs Smith” together. These days they are busy juggling film roles so that one of them is always there for their children whilst the other is working.
Although not quite as popular as he was a few years ago his work is still seen as an icon of French romance and his most famous photograph (Le Baiser de l’Hôtel de Ville or Kiss by the Town Hall) is probably the best known black and white image of Paris.
Kiss by the Town Hall was first shown in Life magazine in June 1950 and although it looks like Doisneau captured the kiss by chance he did admit later in life that the shot was staged. He was forced into the admission after he was sued for royalties by a couple who said that they were the ones on the famous photo. In France the law says that a person owns the copyright to their own likeness and this is why Doisneau wisely staged the photo with the permission of Françoise Delbart and her boyfriend Jacques Carteaud.
Doisneau loved taking photos on the streets of Paris and as well as photos of couples he also loved taking pictures of children playing in the streets. Along with Henri Cartier-Bresson, Doisneau was a pioneer of the art of photojounalism. He disliked large studio camera equipment and took most of his photographs with a handheld Leica camera. Despite his love of the outdoors he was tempted by an offer from Vogue magazine and worked for them for a time from 1948/9.
Despite winning many awards for his photographs and becoming quite famous after “The Kiss” was published Doisneau was a very modest man. In fact he once told his daughter off for negotiating too high a daily fee for him as part of an advertising campaign for a brewery. He said that he should just be paid the daily rate for an artisan photographer.
Robert Doisneau’s modest personality did shape how he took a lot of his Paris street photos and he said: “My shyness censored me, and I took people only from a distance. As a result, there was space all around them, and this was something I tried to get back to.”
His work is well worth a further look and if anyone is looking for a different cute children shot than those normally on sale then you could do a lot worse than Doisneau’s charming 1950 photograph “Enfants dans le jardin du Palais-Royal.“