Mannequins , 1948

“Willy Ronis was a French photographer known for his poetic images of life in post-World War II Paris. Similar to his friend and peer Henri Cartier-Bresson, Ronis found lyrical moments within the fray of daily life. About his work, Ronis said, “I have never sought out the extraordinary or the scoop. I looked at what complemented my life. The beauty of the ordinary was always the source of my greatest emotions.” In perhaps his most iconic image, Le Petit Parisien (1952), Ronis depicts a young French boy running gleefully down the sidewalk with a baguette under his arm. Born on August 14, 1910 in Paris, France, both his parents were refugees who had escaped the persecutory pogrom riots of the Russian Empire. Influenced by his father who was an amateur photographer and ran a portrait studio, he began studying the works of Alfred Stieglitz. Ronis was the first French photographer to work for LIFE magazine, and in 1955 was included in the pivotal “The Family of Man” exhibition curated by Edward Steichhen at The Museum of Modern Art in New York. The artist died at the age of 99 on September 12, 2009, in Paris, France.”


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