Louis Faurer (1916–2001) was born in Philadelphia, whose street life he began photographing in 1937 with a 35mm Kodak Vollenda. Faurer moved to New York in 1947 where he worked for Harper’s Bazaar under Alexey Brodovitch, as well as for other fashion publications.
“Faurer initially worked for fashion magazines such as Harper’s Bazaar in New York, but soon focused his eye on the enchanting city itself: “Everywhere a new discovery awaited me.” Here Faurer made poetic, darkly romantic images of the characters of the street, often the poor and lonely amidst the bustle of Times Square during what he called its “hypnotic dusk light.”
Inspired by Walker Evans, Faurer developed a personal, highly empathetic vision, comparable to that of Robert Frank, with whom he shared a loft and darkroom in his early New York days. Faurer solidified his ironic, brooding aesthetic in the ’50s, often employing graphic contrasts, reflections and distortions which show the influence of film noir and deepen his exploration of the psychology of the individual – “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 light as to provide their present and future with hope.” Publisher’s Info
1. Edition 09/2016 | 208 pages, 100 images | Hardback / Clothbound | 17.2 x 23.3 cm.