About the French photographer, Willy RONIS (1910-2009)
Willy RONIS counts with Henri CARTIER-BRESSON, Sabine WEISS and Robert DOISNEAU to the French school of photographic humanism. He actually wanted to become a composer, but after his military service in 1932 he had to help out in his father's photo studio in Paris. When his father died in July 1936, he sold the store and moved away. He began his photographic career with social reportage. He did not arrange the people in his pictures, but left the composition to chance. In 1983, he bequeathed his photographic legacy to the French state. The city of Paris dedicated a retrospective to him in 2005/2006, and the Paris-themed exhibition was visited by more than 500,000 people. After 73 professional years, he stopped photographing for health reasons at the age of 91. Willy RONIS died in 2009 at the age of 99.