“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.
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.”
Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson