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The work of photographer Willy RONIS is today known worldwide, and has been the object of numerous expositions and publications. By magnificently harmonizing artistic rigor with a celebration of life, his photography offers a unique vision, one that combines emotion with reserve, humanism with technical mastery. Few photographers are in a position to teach us as much as Willy RONIS.

French photographer Willy RONIS
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Quai de Conti
1956
Photographer Willy RONIS

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Willy RONIS was born in Paris in 1910. He studied law, drawing, violin and music. In 1936, he became a photographer, working successively as an illustrator and then a reporter for social events. He joined the Rapho Agency after the war and received the Kodak prize in 1947. He traveled widely, exhibited at the MOMA in New York City with Brassaï, Doisneau and Izis in 1953, and in 1957 received the gold medal at the Venice Bicentennial. Between 1960 and 1970, he made photo essays of Algiers and in several Eastern European countries. In 1979, the French Ministry of Culture commissioned him for a study of France’s cultural heritage. He received the Grand Prix des Arts et des Lettres for photography and the Nadar Prize for his album Sur le fil du hasard (Editions Contrejour). Since 1980, Willy Ronis has arranged for his archives to be donated to the State upon his death, received honorific distinctions and participated in numerous exhibitions in France and abroad. He has also been the subject of more than twenty publications and reprints.

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