Kahitsukan Kyoto Museum of Contemporary Art
Beloved French photographer Willy Ronis (1910–2009) is best known for his images depicting everyday life in post-war Paris. The son of Jewish immigrants, Ronis aspired to be a musician until his father’s death forced him to take over the family portrait studio. Thus began his love affair with photography leading him to become Paris’ most famous street photographer. His photographs ranged from reportage to fashion as he documented the world’s most celebrated city for clients like Life and Vogue. This exhibition features a curated collection of his Parisian-centric works. Sixty original prints, such as his famous “The Lovers of the Bastille,” which shows a man and a woman atop the July Column looking over the sprawling metropolis, are featured.