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Willy Ronis snippet
He became the first French photographer to work for LIFE Magazine. In 1953, Edward Steichen included Ronis, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Doisneau, Izis, and Brassaļ in an exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art entitled Five French Photographers. In 1955, Ronis was included in the The Family of Man exhibit.
Willy Ronis
Willy Ronis (born 1910 in Paris) is a French photographer who focused on life in Paris and Provence.
The work of Alfred Stieglitz and Ansel Adams inspired Ronis. After his father's death, in 1949, joined the photo agency, Rapho, with Ergy Landau, Brassai, and Robert Doisneau.
He became the first French photographer to work for LIFE Magazine. In 1953, Edward Steichen included Ronis, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Doisneau, Izis, and Brassai in an exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art entitled Five French Photographers. In 1955, Ronis was included in the The Family of Man exhibit.
Ronis' wife, Anne Marie was the subject of his well-known photo, Provencal Nude. The photo, showing Anne Marie washing at a basin with a water pitcher on the floor and an open window through which the viewer can see a garden, is noted for its ability to convey an easy feeling of provencal life. Late in her life, Ronis photographed Anne Marie suffering from Alzheimer's disease, sitting alone in a hospital yard. Anne Marie died in 1991.