Willy Ronis by Willy Ronis: The Master Photographer's Unpublished Albums

Willy Ronis curated and commentated on the iconic images featured in this beautiful volume that retraces his career and contributions to photography and photojournalism.
A key figure in twentieth-century photography, Willy Ronis conveyed the poetic reality of postwar Paris and Provence in iconic black-and-white photographs. Influenced by Alfred Stieglitz and Ansel Adams, and amicable with his contemporary Magnum photographers, Ronis was the first French photographer to contribute to Life magazine. In the 1950s, MoMA curator Edward Steichen featured Ronis—along with Henri Cartier-Bresson, Robert Doisneau, and Brassaï—in the groundbreaking exhibitions The Family of Man and Five French Photographers.

Throughout his life, this powerhouse of humanist photography kept meticulous records of his work, curating each era into albums, which are reproduced here for the first time. Timeless photographs of postwar France and its inhabitants are accompanied by the photographer’s original observations and comments, framing the images within their technical and historical context. Photography historian Matthieu Rivallin’s critical perspective adds nuance to the photographer’s notes, and the ensemble is a groundbreaking and definitive reference on the myriad aspects of the artists’ immense career and an essential volume for all photography aficionados.


About The Author

Major twentieth-century photographer Willy Ronis (1910–2009) contributed to Life, Vogue, and Time, and he received numerous international awards. Exhibition curator and author Matthieu Rivallin manages the twentieth-century-photography archives at the Mediathèque de l’Architecture et du Patrimoine in Paris.

  • Publish Date: October 16, 2018
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Category: Photography - Individual Photographers - Monographs
  • Publisher: Flammarion
  • Trim Size: 9-3/8 x 10-3/4
  • Pages: 600
  • US Price: $95.00
  • CDN Price: $130.00
  • ISBN: 978-2-08-020372-4


"Known for conveying the reality of post-war France through black and white images, Ronis is recognised as a key figure in 20th century photography. Flammarion’s publication showcases personal and previously unseen works, each framed within their technical and historical context – offering an intimate and definitive compendium of the artist’s oeuvre." —Aesthetica Magazine 

Author Bookshelf: Willy Ronis

Author Bookshelf: Matthieu Rivallin