Willy Ronis: Twelve photographs with a text by Ronis. Preface by Gérard Macé. Galerie Camera Obscura, Paris, 2001. No. 253 in an edition of 290. Two-point outer folio of Bakri ivory paper containing Macé's text, facsimile hand-written text by Ronis and colophon. Hand-numbered and signed by Ronis beneath colophon. Plus 3 folios of the same paper, each containing additional facsimile hand-written text plus 4 collotype reproductions on 100% cotton paper (12 total). Housed in green rag paper over board slipcase.
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He has been called "the most poetic photographer of the menu people [common people] this century". Up until his death in 2009, Willy Ronis was one of the last of the surviving documentary photographers in the warm, humanist tradition of Kertész, Cartier-Bresson and Doisneau. During the 40s and 50s he was a prolific chronicler of many corners of French social life, especially the working people of Paris. In a 2005 interview, quoted in his New York Times obituary, he said, “It is my contemporaries who most interest me, ordinary people with ordinary lives. I have never sought out the extraordinary or the scoop. I looked at what complemented my life. The beauty of the ordinary was always the source of my greatest emotions.”
Faint spine crease to outer folio; otherwise as new in unopened publisher's original glassine wrapping.