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42nd Street, Midget Movies, New York

Although Faurer began his career as a fashion photographer, he is best known for his New York City street scenes—particularly Times Square at night. Following in the documentary tradition of the New York Photo League, Faurer combined a gritty objectivity with a humane approach to his subjects. It was, however, his sense of irony—such as the macabre disappearance of the man’s head in this picture–which appealed to younger street photographers like Robert Frank (with whom Faurer shared a darkroom), Diane Arbus, and Lee Friedlander. Faurer’s voyeuristic approach enabled him to explore some of the psychological tensions and contradictions found in American society.

Louis Faurer
American, 1916–2001
42nd Street, Midget Movies, New York
ca. 1948 (printed 1990s)
Gelatin silver print
Image: 12 1/4 x 8 3/16 in. (31.1 x 20.8 cm); sheet: 14 x 11 in. (35.6 x 27.9 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, Gift of Harvey Osterhoudt, 99.32

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