I have an intense desire to record life as I see it, as I feel it. As long as I’m amazed and astonished, as long as I feel that events, messages, expressions and movements are all shot through with the miraculous, I’ll feel filled with the certainty I need to keep going. When that day comes, my doubts will vanish.” – Louis Faurer

Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson, Paris dedicates an exhibition to the work of American photographer, Louis Faurer, on view until December 18, 2016, best known for his photographs of everyday people in the streets of New York. Although his work was highly appreciated by other photographers, Faurer probably did not receive as much recognition as he deserved in the art world during his lifetime.

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Born and raised in Philadelphia, Louis Faurer moved to New York in 1947, where he carried out several commissions for leading magazines, including Flair, Junior Bazaar, Glamour and Mademoiselle. These assignments provided him financial support and allowed him to carry out his personal work. About his time in New York, he wrote, “1946 to 1951 were important years. I photographed almost daily and the hypnotic dusk light led me to Times Square. Several nights of photographing in that area and developing and printing in Robert Frank’s dark room became a way of life.

Louis Faurer, Photography Exhibition at Henri Cartier Bresson Foundation Paris | Urban Mishmash
Louis Faurer, Union Square from Ohrbach’s Window, New York, c.1948-1950. © Louis Faurer Estate, Courtesy Howard Greenberg Gallery

In 1968, Louis Faurer moved to Europe in search of new places, faces and change and eventually returned to New York in the mid-seventies and “was overwhelmed by the change that had occurred here“. Louis Faurer was interested in bringing out the humane aspect of photography: “My eyes search for people who are grateful for life, people who forgive and whose doubts have been removed, who understand the truth, whose enduring spirit is bathed by such piercing white light as to provide their present and future hope.

Louis Faurer, Photography Exhibition at Henri Cartier Bresson Foundation Paris | Urban Mishmash
Louis Faurer, New York, 1949. © Louis Faurer Estate, Courtesy Howard Greenberg Gallery

The exhibition is curated by Agnès Sire, director of the Fondation in collaboration with The Louis Faurer Estate in New York, Howard Greenberg Gallery in New York and Deborah Bell Photographs. The show includes a hundred prints and documents and is co-produced with the Centro José Guerrero in Grenada. The book Louis Faurer is published by Steidl and is available in French and English. It proposes two original texts by Louis Faurer and Walter Hopps as well as an essay written by Susan Kismaric.


Louis Faurer, through December 18, 2016 at the Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson, 2, impasse Lebouis, 75014 Paris (€8-€4, free admission between 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm on Wednesdays).


Exhibition
September 9, 2016 to December 18, 2016
At Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson
Louis Faurer

Louis Faurer

Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson, Paris exhibits the work of American photographer, Louis Faurer, best known for his photographs of everyday people in the streets of New York.

Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson

2, impasse Lebouis
75014 Paris

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