Louis Faurer

Elevated Subway on 3rd Avenue (looking at Tudor City, NY) c.1947
©Louis Faurer

Louis Faurer

Silver Gelatin Print


Louis Faurer was one of America’s “quiet” photographers.

Known for his raw, melancony, and psychologically charged picture of life on the street, and in particular for his evocative shots of 1950s Time Square, New York, Faurer frequently drew on the film noir idiom to create memorable images. Photographs of moviegoers, box-office lines, ushers and cinema advertising B movies such as Force of Evil, Edge of Doom, and Ace in the Hole are recurrent themes.

Much of Faurer’s best work, though, is of ordinary people, and he frequently haunted the streets of New York, finding poetry amid the crackle of the city.

Faurer also worked as a fashion photographer for nearly thirty ears, producing work for Harper’s Bazar, Vogue and Flair, with a particular gift for highlighting his subject’s ephemeral grace. He was a lasting influence on Robert Frank and other members of the New York school of photography.

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