Lou Stoumen moved to New York from Springtown, Pennsylvania in 1939 to study photography at the Photo League. In this picture he captures an introspective, solitary figure at the great crossroads of Times Square. Describing the square, Stoumen said, "what better place to be alone and hungry? And when big events were happening-elections, world series baseball, important deaths . . . declarations of war and peace-it was there under the flashing news bulletins traveling around the New York Times building . . . You knew you were perhaps a citizen of the world."
Lou Stoumen
(1917–1991)
Sitting in Front of the Strand, Times Square, 1940
Vintage gelatin-silver print, 8 3/4 x 6 7/8 in. (22.2 x 17.5 cm)
© Barry Singer Gallery, Petaluma, California