Louis Stettner

(Brooklyn, New York, 1922 - )
Lives Paris, France
As a teenager growing up in Brooklyn, Stettner was encouraged by brief contacts with Alfred Stieglitz and Paul Strand to pursue his interest in photography. He studied and taught at the Photo League in New York, which largely shaped his approach to the medium. In 1950, Stettner moved to Paris, where he received his BA in Photography and Cinema at Paris University. In both New York and Paris, he has documented the architectures and cultures around him. He was particularly interested in photographing the working classes and city life and architecture as it evolves over time. In his later career, Stettner also experimented with painting and sculpture, sometimes blending these with photography, as in his Marche Aux Puces Series, where he painted over photographic prints that he purchased at flea markets.

Stettner’s work is represented in the collections of the Art Institute of Chicago; Museu Carnavalet, Paris; the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Metropolitan Musuem of Art, New York; and the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, among others.
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