Hôtel de Ville
Willy Ronis

Mairie de Paris Hôtel de Ville -  29, rue de Rivoli. Until 29 february 2006.

willy ronis hôtel de ville parisMayor House of of Paris pays a vibrating homage to one of the most famous street photographer of the capital:  Willy Ronis.  Fifty years of invaluable and popular stereotypes tell us the memory of the paving stone in stereotypes in black and white so alive that they speak immediately to our memory, including those which weren't born at this time so much these images are timeless.  Extremely attached to the "people of modest means", these anonymous heroes who populate make the city and it breathe, Ronis is a transformer of simple situations.  This friend of Jacques Prévert took his first photographs in 1927 and naturally will let himself take pleasure by popular subjects.  In 1935, it takes part in a collective exhibition which joins together some great names of the time:  Cartier-Bresson, Brassaï, Man Ray. It will live all its life, until today, in Belleville Ménimontant, district so colored by its ordinary passions. According to the evolution of the city over more than one half-century, it will turn to the new districts of the Seventies such as Beaubourg or Defense to catch the new urban evolution and to represent the social acceleration which results from this.  200 photographs tell us the poetic eye of Willy Ronis in the shows of reception of the Town hall.  The last great Parisian photographer of the XXth still alive.

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