Continuing with the topic I opened up in the last post about how influential Henri Cartier-Bresson was to me, I would like to introduce you another one of the photographers who has inspired my work and my street photography in terms of candid and decisive moments found in daily life and people: Louis Faurer.
American photographer born in 1916, Louis Faurer explored and captured life mainly in New York over the 1950's. Fascinated with the night lights, he experimented with reflections to create multiple exposures and blurred images to create new aspects to the final composition and a magical aura to the subjects. Even though Faurer was an avid candid and street photographer, he hardly had the same recognition as his fellow colleagues from that period of time, probably due to Faurer's incomes coming mainly from fashion photography, where he worked for Vogue, Elle, Glamour or Harper's Baazar. Nonetheless, his street work was exhibited at the Museum of Modern Arts in two exhibitions: In and Out of Focus in 1948 and The Family of Man in 1950. Also, he had several solo exhibitions over that decade in New York galleries.
Recently, in 2016, the Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson funded a new solo exhibition for his candid photography, which I had the privilege to visit at its opening in my hometown Granada, Spain. I will never forget how all that wonderful collection of prints in front of my eyes made me fall in love with street photography and how, in that very moment, I decided that was the kind of photographer I wanted to become. If you would like to have a look at some of Faurer's photographs, please visit his Artsy profile.
"Original art emanates in the mind ... and lessons society's confusion from self indulgence, avarice and greed to trust, hope and love" - Louis Faurer