Bonni Benrubi Gallery is pleased to present Louis Stettner: The Masterpieces, Celebrating 90 Years on view from Thursday, January 31st to Saturday, March 9th 2013. The first retrospective of the artist's work to be presented in New York in years, The Masterpieces will feature all original prints of many of Stettner's most iconic images.
90 years after his birth to Austro-Hungarian parents in Brooklyn, we look back on one of the most evocative and inspiring bodies of portraiture and street photography ever. Stettner's humanistic and poetic view of our world has always remained curious and sympathetic, while never falling prey to sentimentality. Describing his work as "Humanist Realism", Stettner's most well-known images are visual tributes to the noble lives of the people who occupy his "two loves", New York and Paris.
For over seven decades Stettner has been compassionately documenting the simple, daily rituals of our lives with a masters eye for composition and lighting. Images of urban transit, children, and the lives surrounding architectural landmarks play heavily in his oeuvre. Often spoken in the same breath as Henri Cartier-Bresson, Walker Evans and Brassi, his images are truly masterpieces of their form. This exhibition will include exquisite vintage prints of some of his most iconic images, as well as some rarely seen pieces from the gallery's collection.
Louis Stettner was born November 7, 1922. He served as soldier and photographer in the US Army, and moved to Paris for the first time in 1946. He has had a long and distinguished career in photography starting from his teenage years when he was encouraged by Alfred Stieglitz and Paul Strand. He has published many monographs and has had work shown extensively throughout the world in galleries and museums. Stettner's photographs are included in the collections of The Museum of Modern Art, New York, The Metropolitan Museum, New York, and Bibliotheque Nationale in Paris where a major retrospective of his work is currently taking place. He continues to live and work in Paris.