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Willy Ronis by Willy Ronis

mardi 24 avril 2018

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  • Les amoureux de la Bastille, Willy Ronis, Charenton-le-Pont, Médiathèque de l'Architecture et du Patrimoine
    The Pont Alexandre III by Willy Ronis
    Photo (C) Ministère de la Culture - Médiathèque du Patrimoine, Dist. RMN-Grand Palais / Willy Ronis

 

On 27 April, the exhibition Willy Ronis par Willy Ronis will open at the Pavillon Carré de Baudoin, in partnership with the Rmn-Grand Palais Photo Agency. 

A key figure in French photography, Willy Ronis (1910-2009) was one of the greatest names of so-called “humanist” photography, which strived to capture the fundamentals of people’s daily lives in a compassionate, intimate way. From 1895, Willy Ronis delved into his photographic archive to select what he considered the essence of his work. He produced a series of six albums, thus creating his “photographic testament”. These unreleased albums are the basis of this exhibition. 

Each photograph in these albums is accompanied by highly detailed observations and commentary on the circumstances behind the shots and the equipment used. Aside from the nearly two hundred photographs on display, taken between 1926 and 2001, visitors will also be able to flick through the albums via terminals equipped with interactive tablets.

Nine years after the death of Willy Ronis, this exhibition celebrates the settlement of the estate and the entry of this body of work into the collections of the MAP, the establishment of the Ministry of Culture which manages, among other things, the major photographic donations made to the state. The curators of this exhibition are Gérard Uféras, photographer and one of Willy Ronis’ closest friends, and Jean-Claude Gautrand, photographer, journalist and historian of French photography. All the photographs exhibited are the product of exceptional work by the Réunion des musées nationaux – Grand Palais Photo Agency, which distributes them exclusively. Commissioned by the executors and moral rights holders, Jean Guerry, Daniel Karlin, Roland Rappaport and Gérard Uféras, the exhibition has been organised jointly by the Médiathèque de l’Architecture et du Patrimoine (MAP) and the town hall of the 20th arrondissement, in partnership with the Réunion des musées nationaux – Grand Palais Photo Agency. 

Willy Ronis par Willy Ronis, at the Pavillon Carré de Baudoin from 27 April to 29 September 2018


During the Front Populaire victory parade, rue Saint-Antoine, Paris, 14 July 1936, Willy Ronis

(C) Ministère de la Culture - Médiathèque du Patrimoine, Dist. RMN-Grand Palais / Willy Ronis

 


Ile Saint-Denis

(C) Ministère de la Culture - Médiathèque du Patrimoine, Dist. RMN-Grand Palais / Willy Ronis

 

East Berlin zoo

Photo (C) Ministère de la Culture - Médiathèque du Patrimoine, Dist. RMN-Grand Palais / Willy Ronis

 

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