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Izis 100 photos for the freedom of the press

Izis 100 photos for the freedom of the press

Published on Friday 25 November 2011. Updated on Tuesday 6 December 2011.
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A Paris Match photo-reporter for 20 years, Izis was one of the great humanist photographers of his generation, alongside Brassaï, Cartier-Bresson, Doisneau and Ronis. His work was marked by a constant dialogue between images and words, a dialogue that showed him as something of a dreamer who was drawn to secondary viewpoints and secondary figures rather than the obvious or sensational. Born in Lithuania, Izis fled to France and found his inspiration there. Part poet and part photographer, he offered a personal vision of a nostalgic and workingclass Paris that fascinated him. He wandered through the city alone and through chance encounters on street corners, he portrayed the Paris of his imagination, a Paris of timeless, dreamlike realism. The City of Paris organized a retrospective of his work in 2010. Reporters Without Borders is now paying tribute to him in its latest photographic collection, which brings together some of his best-known work along with a selection of 40 previously unpublished photographs.

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