Monday, November 02, 2009
As usual I highly enjoy getting my PHOTO magazine in my mailbox each month. The last issue I got was an homage to the late (he passed away on September 12th)photographer Willy Ronis! To be honest, I had never heard of this amazing artist...!! But so glad I do now.
Buy PHOTO and you get a bible of his various works as a Photographer!
Here is some parts from The Times Online Obituary:
Willy Ronis was the last of a generation of French photographers who were central to the medium’s development during the 20th century. Like his contemporaries Henri Cartier-Bresson, Robert Doisneau and Brassaï, Ronis showed in the tender expressiveness he brought to his images that photography could be an art form, rather than the mere mechanical reproduction of life that it was considered in its infancy.
Like those contemporaries, too, Ronis became the chronicler and creator of a romantic vision of Paris now firmly lodged in the public imagination. His is eternally a city of street urchins and knife grinders, of jolly moustachioed diners and — in perhaps his best-known picture — of young lovers gazing across misty rooftops.
Although, in common with many of the photographers of his generation, Ronis worked as a photojournalist, and had his oeuvre shaped by the increasing portability of cameras, his main concern was not news but daily life. His most successful book, Belleville-Ménilmontant (1954), catalogued the seemingly timeless routines of the quartier that had given birth to Piaf: its steep streets and crowded tenements; a glazier back-lit by sunlight, a pane of glass on his shoulders.
Willy Ronis, photographer, was born on August 14, 1910. He died on September 12, 2009, aged 99