Description: We offer a signed gelatin silver print by Louis Stettner. The image is 16 5/8” x 13 1/8” on semigloss photographic paper, 19 ¼” x 16”, signed and inscribed on verso in graphite “Aubervilliers 1947, Louis Stettner.” Printed by Stettner at a later date. Stettner poetically frames two youthful stoics staring at the viewer while their blurry (and busy) maman calls to them. In the distance the smokestacks and electrical transformers speak to the post war topography of this industrial suburb of Paris. Item #P00091.
Separate, but included with this photo, is an image of Stettner signing on the verso of the photograph. Louis Stettner was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1922. His output was significant and his career lengthy. He began taking pictures with a box camera his father gave him as a young boy and at age 18 became a combat photographer for the Signal Corps in the South Pacific and Japan. He spent time in Paris, in the 50’s and 60’s, returning to New York City to teach in the 70’s. His most well-known images include: Aubervilliers, Brooklyn Promenade, Twin Towers with Sea Gull, Penn Station, and the Statue of Liberty, Battery Park.
Condition: There was a small hair on the negative which never got touched up on the print (at the right in the cobblestone street), otherwise the piece is in fine untouched condition.