Willy Ronis (1910-2009, French)

Willy Ronis, photographerWilly Ronis (1910-2009, French) was a photographer who primarily used  post World War II working class neighborhoods of Paris as subjects for his photos. The son of Jewish immigrants, Ronis’ initial love was that of music; however, after his father’s death, he tried to continue his business of taking portraits. The business failed, but Ronis continued with his photography and met other photographers of the time such as Edouard Boubat, Brassai, Robert Doisneau and Henri Carter-Bresson all of whom were cat lovers known for capturing the cat in candid shots.  Ronis produced photographs for Life, Vogue and Time Magazine as well as many other publications.  Ronis was known for including his personal life into his photographs by producing portraits of his wife, Marie-Anne, his son Vincent, and of course his cats. Ronis’ motto for his photography was, “Most of my photographs were taken on the spur of the moment, very quickly, just as they occurred. All attention focuses on the specific instant, almost too good to be true, which can only vanish in the following one.” 

 

Willy Ronis, cat photography

 

A Black Cat In Gordes, France from La Chanson du chat by Willy Ronis, 1957a

A Black Cat In Gordes, France from La Chanson du chat, 1957

 

Le chat au poêle Paris 1947 Willy Ronis

Le chat au poêle, Paris, 1947

 


Le chat derrière la vitre, by Willy Ronis, 1957, cat behind the window

Le chat derrière la vitre, 1957

 

Le chat derrière la vitre, Gordes, 1957

Le chat derrière la vitre,
Gordes, 1957

 

Vincent et le chat photo by Willy Ronis, Ronis's son Vincent with Cat

Vincent et le chat
Ronis’ son Vincent with Cat

 

 

The Writer's Cat, Willy Ronis Le chat de l’ ecrivain, 1950

Le chat de l’ ecrivain,
The Writer’s Cat,
1950

 

Willy Ronis, Cat on a Chair, 1946

Cat on a Chair, 1946

 

Willy Ronis, Chats Paris, cats Paris

Chats, Paris

 

Willy Ronis, from Les chats de Willy Ronis

From Les chats de Willy Ronis

 

 

Willy Ronis, Cat in Paris

Cat in Paris

 

Willy Ronis, Vincent et le chat, Paris, 1955

Vincent et le chat,
Paris, 1955

 

Willy Ronis, Cat in Foliage

Cat in Foliage


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