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Willy Ronis: Photographs 1926-1995

Organised and toured by the Museum of Modern Art, Oxford

Sat 6 Jan – Sat 16 Mar 1996

A contemporary of Henri Cartier-Bresson and Robert Doisneau, Ronis is a leading figure in the development of French humanist photography. His work spans numerous key historical moments and often reflects or anticipates the attitudes and aspirations of the time. His studio is the street and his talent is to convey a whole way of life. He sees and photographs people and places as they are and not how others perceive them to be. His profound understanding of his subject makes the work both accessible and thought-provoking.

Still active at 84, his work has been hugely influential yet has remained little known outside France. This retrospective exhibition will present 200 of Ronis’ photographs, tracing his life and influences. The exhibition will show the diversity of his work: social reportage, political documentary, the people of Paris, the people and landscapes of Provence, Limousin, Holland, Germany and Italy.

The exhibition includes both vintage and modern prints.

In 1998, the University of Warwick awarded Willy Ronis an honorary degree.