Brooklyn Promenade, Louis Stettner, Centre Pompidou, Paris | Urban Mishmash

Louis Stettner’s Iconic Photographs at Centre Pompidou

With the exhibition, Ici, Ailleurs (Here, There), Centre Pompidou pays homage to iconic American photographer Louis Stettner at its recently opened Galerie de photographies.

Exploring Stettner’s photography in all its stylistic and chronological scope, the exhibition includes several of his most important photographs documenting the cultural and societal changes in post-war Paris, the ever-changing landscapes of New York, the Ibiza fishermen (which formed the basis of his unpublished book “Pepe & Tony”) and the small towns of America.

Some of the photographer’s most famous images, including Aubervilliers (1947), Brooklyn Promenade (1954) and Manège (1949) are on view at the exhibition, as well as his more recent work exploring the Alpilles uplands of southern France. With a hundred odd works, Centre Pompidou’s Ici, Ailleurs is a poetic tribute to one of the greatest American photographers alive today.

This impressive exhibition has been made possible by an exceptional donation of 104 photographic prints by the artist himself to Centre Pompidou.The donation has been further augmented by an acquisition of seven of his most important vintage prints and the dummy of his unpublished book “Pepe & Tony” (1956). This new selection of vintage prints and the book dummy are some of the most important highlights of the exhibition.

About Louis Stettner

Born in Brooklyn in 1922, Louis Stettner is one of the most important American photographers who changed the world of street photography. Formerly a photographer for the American army in the Pacific during the Second World War, Stettner arrived in Paris in 1946. While initially planning to stay for just a few weeks, he travelled back and forth between France and the United States before finally settling down in Paris in the 1990s.

With his captivating photographs ranging from a dawn on a Paris street, a ray of light filtering through New York’s skyscrapers, to reflections on a wet tarmac, Stettner managed to capture with incomparable acuity the dynamics of the human figure and the captivating rhythm of ever-changing cityscapes.


Where: Centre Pompidou, Place Georges-Pompidou, 75004 Paris
Dates:  June 15 to September 12, 2016
Timings: Every day from 11:00 am to 9:00 pm. Closed on Tuesdays
Tariff: Free admission
More information: Visit Centre Pompidou’s website

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