Sunday, December 26, 2010

Willy Ronis

Willy Ronis spent decades photographing the daily life of the Parisians. The pictures often uses subtle humor and are full of warmth and affection. He was interested primarily lives of ordinary people.
Willy Ronis loved to wander aimlessly through the streets with his camera in hand. In the early 50s wandered to the area of Belleville-Menilmontant were immigrants from Eastern Europe and Russia lived. This district - a separate realm in the city - fascinated the artist, becoming a spiritual home for him. In 1954 he released an album, Belleville-Menilmontant, which eas a great success.

Ronis also had a great passion for the river Seine. He immortalized the bridges, barges, boats, without forgetting those who were in the vicinity. It seems that his pictures can not exist without human presence. An example might be one of the most recognizable photographs of Ronis - a barge with children, Paris from January 1959.

The artist was fascinated by the unpredictability of life. His work appealed to the view Cartier-Bresson contained in the book "Decisive Moment" (L'instant décisif). Important elements of his work were the form and composition. Ronis is often places together with such photographers as Henri Cartier-Bresson, Robert Doisneau, Eduard Boubat, Andre Kertesz, and Isis. All are representatives of humanistic photography, which is characterized by a specific approach to the average person - it is curiosity and tenderness.