The Misunderstood Photo Of The Boy With The Loaf
Le petit parisien, or The Little Parisian, was taken in 1952 by Willy Ronis to help illustrate a report known as “Revoir Paris.” It was Ronis’ duty to photograph a Parisian loaf in a unique way, and somehow the perfect way seemed to just fall into his lap.
Ronis recaps the moment: “It was midday. I went to my district and hung around a bakery. I saw this little boy in the queue with his grandmother, waiting for his turn. He was delightful, with a little look of mischief about him. I asked his grandmother: ‘Do you mind if I photograph the boy when he comes out with his loaf? I’d like to see him running along with the bread under his arm. – Of course you can, if that’s what you want to do, why not?'” Many people think this photograph is of a boy stealing bread, but it is actually of a boy who happily purchased the bread with his grandmother.