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Willy Ronis

(French, 1910–2009)

les amoureux de la bastille by willy ronis

Willy Ronis

Les Amoureux de la Bastille, 1957

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Biography

Timeline

1910
Born at the foot of Montmatre on August 14.
1932
Begins work at his father's photographic studio
1936
Death of his father and collapse of the family business. Decides to earn his living as a freelance photographer. First pictures are published in Regards
1937
Produces 'Neige dans les Vosges' exhibition at the Gare de l'Est, Paris. Meets David Szymin ('Chin') and Robert Capa. First assignment for Plaisir cie France.
1938 - 1939
Reports on the strike at Citroën. Travels in Greece, Yugoslavia and Albania.
1941 - 1944
Stage manager for travelling theatre company in Non-Occupied Zone in south of France.
1945 - 1950
Works for illustrated press'. Point de rue, L'Ecran Français, Regards, L'Illustration, Le Monde Illustré. Member of the Groupe des XV.Joins Rapho Agency. From 1947, works on Belleville-Ménilmontant project.
1947
Awarded the Prix Kodak
1951
Publishes Photo reportage et chasse aux images.
1954
Publishes Belleville-Ménilmontant, with text by Pierre Mac Orlan.

Exhibitions

2000
Exhibitions at the Musée de la Photographie (Charleroi), Kiev, Cologne, Kyoto.
Exhibition held at the FNAC Etoile, Paris, to celebrate his ninetieth birthday.
1996
Major retrospective '70 ans de déclics', Pavillon des Arts, Paris.
1995
Exhibitions in Washington, DC, New York and Tokyo. Major retrospec tive at the Museum of Modern Art, Oxford.
1986 - 1989
Exhibitions in New York, Moscow and Bologna.
1965
Participates in the exhibition 'Six Photographers and Paris', Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris, with Doisneau, Frasnay, Lattés, Pic and Janine Niepce.
1957
Awarded Gold Medal at Venice Biennale
1953
Participates in 'Five French Photographers' at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, with Cartier-Bresson, Brassaï, Doisneau et Izis.