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The Hulett Collection : Louis Stettner : The Last Word


“A photograph should always have the last word. Surrounded by silence, it should by its presence dominate all those who look at it. Even the photographer should keep quiet. The picture taken, their work is done.” – Louis Stettner

Over the course of his eight-decade career, Louis Stettner created a singular approach to photographing everyday life. Born in Brooklyn in 1922, Stettner began working as a photographer in the 1930s and served in the U.S. Army in World War II before moving to Paris in 1947. There, he studied at the Institut des Hautes Études Cinématographiques, became friends with the influential photographer Brassaï , and developed a unique point of view that melded the boldness of American street photography with the softer humanism more characteristic of his Paris contemporaries. For the rest of his life, he traveled between New York and Paris — his “two loves,” as he called them — constantly finding new inspiration in that geographical duality. From thoughtful images of rush-hour commuters to tranquil observations of daily routines, this thematic retrospective displays the remarkable breadth of Stettner’s work.

Works shown 1946 – 1997.

Louis Stettner : The Last Word
21 May – 16 July 2022
The Hulett Collection

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