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Coming to America

Louis Stettner (American, b. 1922)

Coming to America, c. 1951

  • Gelatin silver print
  • 11 5/8 x 15 3/4 in. (29.5 x 40 cm)
  • The Jewish Museum, New York
  • Purchase: Photography Acquisitions Committee Fund, 2003-10
  • © Louis Stettner, Courtesy Bonni Benrubi Gallery
  • Digital image © 2008 The Jewish Museum, New York Photo by Ardon Bar Hama

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Coming to America

Louis Stettner (b. 1922, Brooklyn, New York) joined the Photo League in the late 1930s. There he took the course in basic technique, which he later taught (1947). During World War II, he enlisted in the Army Air Force, serving as a combat photographer in Southeast Asia (1940–45). After the war he traveled in Europe; he rejoined the Photo League upon his return to New York. He then lived in Paris from 1947 to 1952, but remained active in the League, organizing the first exhibition of contemporary French photography in the United States at the League's gallery (1948), participating in the show "This Is the Photo League" (1948–49), and holding a solo exhibition there (1950). While working as a freelance magazine photographer, Stettner won an award from Life for young photographers in 1951. In 1953 he returned once more to New York, where he continued to work as photographer; among his notable projects was a photo-essay on factory workers (1974–76). In 1990 Stettner moved back to France.

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