Willy Ronis was born in Paris in 1910 and became a full-time photographer in 1945. He joined Doisneau, Brassaï and others at the Rapho Agency in Paris and sought to bring a lyrical touch to the most ordinary moments of everyday life. Ronis became the first French photographer to work for LIFE Magazine. Curator Edward Steichen exhibited him at the Museum of Modern Art in 1953 in a show called Four French Photographers. Willy Ronis was also part of the famed Family of Man exhibit at Museum of Modern Art in 1955. (via)
Produced in close cooperation with Willy Ronis and featuring images from his archives, this book traces the career of one of France’s most remarkable photographers, to whom, along with Doisneau, Cartier-Bresson, and Brassaï, we owe our romantic vision of France. In Ronis’s photos of Paris, the city is inseparable from the working class men, women, and children who inhabit its streets and cafes. He once described his approach to photography in five words: “patience, thinking, chance, form, and time.” Working with available light, Ronis sought to capture the fleeting moments of everyday life, and his body of work documents, with timeless beauty and grace, the feel of French life in the 20th century.