Skip Navigation

Close Looking & DiscussionShare

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

Not on view

largeImage

close

Coming to America

close

Coming to America

Discuss:

  • Describe the horizontal lines you see in this image. [the bench slats, floorboards, railing, rope, horizon line, the gazes of the father and child]

  • What is the focal point of this picture? Where do your eyes go first? What is it about that part of the image that makes you look there first?

  • Describe the mood of this photograph. Which details contribute to creating that mood?