Street Exposure: The Photographs of Ronald Reis
Opening Reception: March 22, 2013, 6:00PM.Ronald Reis was born in New York City in 1935 and began taking photographs when he was twelve years old. Inspired by documentary photographers Henri Cartier-Bresson, Helen Levitt, and Louis Stettner, Reis dedicated himself to street photography while studying at the University of Pennsylvania. After graduating from college, Reis went into the family apparel business, which enabled him to travel extensively in Europe and frequently visit both New York and London. He quickly became a serious self-taught photographer, and his images were featured in numerous magazines and exhibits. For over fifty years, he has continued to photograph streetscapes in the United States and abroad. The result is a documentary record that captures the essence of everyday life and highlights the commonalities between different people and geographic locations. At the end of the day, the ordinary rituals of urban living are strikingly similar all over the world.The Ronald Reis Photographs collection is preserved in the Archive of Documentary Arts in the David M. Rare Book & Manuscript Library at Duke University.