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Willy Ronis passed away aged 99 on Saturday

Willy Ronis passed away aged 99 on Saturday - Tributes paid to French photographer Willy Ronis.

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Willy RonisWilly Ronis, famous French photographer, died on September 12th in a hospital in Paris.

Born in 1910, his award-winning career began in the 1930s and he was honoured both in France and abroad. Willy Ronis was one of France's great photographers who emerged from World War II and he was well known for his nudes and images of Parisian streets. One other famous photo was that of his wife, Marie-Anne Lansiaux, called Provençal Nude.

The office of French president Nicolas Sarkozy said Willy Ronis was a "chronicler of postwar social aspirations and the poet of a simple and joyous life."

The statement continued: "With the passing of Willy Ronis, the twentieth century moves still further away, but we retain a unique account of it thanks to his humanist curiosity and his inspired gaze."
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14 Sep 2009 8:24PM
May he rest in peace. He was brilliant. When asked on a TV documentary what you needed to be a good photographer, he replied ' you need to be a good human being'.

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