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Ronis, Willy (1910 - 2009)

Following his mother’s path, Willy Ronis wants to become a musician until his father, a local photographer, asks him to help him in his studio, from the early 1930s. Politically engaged, he promptly picks up his own camera and depicts the advent of the Front Populaire in 1936 and its great demonstrations and strikes. He thus works alongside Robert Capa, Henri Cartier-Bresson and Brassai, and, together, they establish what would become postwar’s humanist photography: instant images depicting the beauty of everyday life - ‘I have never pursued the unusual, the never before seen, the extraordinary but simply what is the most typical in our everyday existence.’ The first French photographer to work for Life magazine, Willy Ronis mingled the picturesque and nostalgia within images that celebrated grace and yet a certain melancholia. Belatedly recognized, Willy Ronis's work was often mistaken with that of Robert Doisneau, a situation he accepted with humour: ‘One day, I see in a magazine, one of my photographs signed Doisneau. When I ask for an explanation, the embarrassed editor has an idea: and if she asked Doisneau to allow his next picture to be signed Ronis? That day, on the phone, Robert and I, had a good laugh.’

Tags / Willy Ronis - Humanism - French Photographer - 1940s - Nostalgia - Grace
Willy Ronis, The Little Parisian, 1952
Willy Ronis, The Little Parisian, 1952
Willy Ronis, Marie Anne and Vincent in the snow, 1952
Willy Ronis, Marie Anne and Vincent in the snow, 1952
Willy Ronis, Place de la Concorde, 1952
Willy Ronis, Place de la Concorde, 1952
Willy Ronis, Le Bateau Mouche, 1949
Willy Ronis, Le Bateau Mouche, 1949
Willy Ronis, Provencal Nude, Gordes, 1949
Willy Ronis, Provencal Nude, Gordes, 1949
Willy Ronis, Fecamp le départ du Terre Neuva, 1949
Willy Ronis, Fecamp le départ du Terre Neuva, 1949
Willy Ronis, Sèvres-Babylone Intersection, Paris, 1948
Willy Ronis, Sèvres-Babylone Intersection, Paris, 1948
Willy Ronis, Avenue Simon-Bolivar, Paris, 1948
Willy Ronis, Avenue Simon-Bolivar, Paris, 1948
Willy Ronis, The Diver of la Ciotat, 1947
Willy Ronis, The Diver of la Ciotat, 1947
Willy Ronis, In front of Chez Mestre, 1947
Willy Ronis, In front of Chez Mestre, 1947
Willy Ronis, Champigny sur Marne, 1947
Willy Ronis, Champigny sur Marne, 1947
Willy Ronis, Place Vendôme, Paris, 1947
Willy Ronis, Place Vendôme, Paris, 1947
Willy Ronis, Sleeping Vincent, 1946
Willy Ronis, Sleeping Vincent, 1946
Willy Ronis, Night at the Chalet, 1935
Willy Ronis, Night at the Chalet, 1935
Willy Ronis, Rest of Cirque Pinder, date unknown
Willy Ronis, Rest of Cirque Pinder, date unknown
Willy Ronis, Café Le Bidule, 1957
Willy Ronis, Café Le Bidule, 1957
Willy Ronis, Holiday Homework, Summer (Vincent), 1945
Willy Ronis, Holiday Homework, Summer (Vincent), 1945
Willy Ronis, Farewell Marin, 1963
Willy Ronis, Farewell Marin, 1963
Willy Ronis, Rue de la Cloche, Menilmontant, Paris, 1948
Willy Ronis, Rue de la Cloche, Menilmontant, Paris, 1948
Willy Ronis, Champigny sur Marne, 1957
Willy Ronis, Champigny sur Marne, 1957
Willy Ronis, On a road in Lorraine, 1954
Willy Ronis, On a road in Lorraine, 1954
Willy Ronis, The Poor Nude, 1949
Willy Ronis, The Poor Nude, 1949
Willy Ronis, The hair, 1990
Willy Ronis, The hair, 1990
Willy Ronis, Wine grower of Gironde, 1945
Willy Ronis, Wine grower of Gironde, 1945
Willy Ronis, Through Boards, 1957
Willy Ronis, Through Boards, 1957
Willy Ronis, Rue Rambuteau, 1946
Willy Ronis, Rue Rambuteau, 1946
Willy Ronis, The Lovers of the Bastille, Paris, 1957
Willy Ronis, The Lovers of the Bastille, Paris, 1957
Willy Ronis, The Small Bridge, Paris, 1957
Willy Ronis, The Small Bridge, Paris, 1957
Willy Ronis, Deena back, Paris, 1955
Willy Ronis, Deena back, Paris, 1955
Willy Ronis, Béguinage de Bruges, 1951
Willy Ronis, Béguinage de Bruges, 1951
Willy Ronis, Venice, 1959
Willy Ronis, Venice, 1959
Willy Ronis, Basement of La Huchette, 1957
Willy Ronis, Basement of La Huchette, 1957
Willy Ronis, Club Saint-Germain, 1949
Willy Ronis, Club Saint-Germain, 1949
Willy Ronis, Existentialism, 1946
Willy Ronis, Existentialism, 1946
Willy Ronis, Little Napolitains, 1938
Willy Ronis, Little Napolitains, 1938
Willy Ronis, RER, Châtelet Station, 1979
Willy Ronis, RER, Châtelet Station, 1979
Willy Ronis, Lorrain-Escaut Factory, Sedan, 1959
Willy Ronis, Lorrain-Escaut Factory, Sedan, 1959
Willy Ronis, Self-portrait with my Wife, August 1950
Willy Ronis, Self-portrait with my Wife, August 1950
Willy Ronis, Volendam, Holland, 1954
Willy Ronis, Volendam, Holland, 1954
Willy Ronis, Self-portrait, 1950
Willy Ronis, Self-portrait, 1950
Willy Ronis, Summer Holidays, 1946
Willy Ronis, Summer Holidays, 1946
Willy Ronis, Chez Victor, 1955
Willy Ronis, Chez Victor, 1955
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