Louis Faurer's photographs of city life are closer to poetry than to
journalism. For more than 50 years, instead of photographing significant
events, well-known personalities, or famous sites, Faurer focused on
life on the streets, particularly in New York and Philadelphia. He
portrayed his subjects with great clarity, and he interpreted them with
tenderness, wit, and empathy.
Using a small camera that enabled
him to work quickly, Faurer developed a radical aesthetic style that
reflected the energy of New York City street life, even as it isolated
distinctive individuals and small groups of people.
below represent Faurer's interest in sharp tonal contrasts and visual
illusions - shadows, silhouettes, mirror images and reflections.