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W.145th Street Public Library

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Louis Faurer

I have been thinking a lot of Louis Faurer lately. Originally from Philadelphia, Faurer spent some time in New York teaching, and of course photographing. Not many people know of his work or that Robert Frank was a friend of his. They both met at the Design Laboratory, run by Alexey Brodovitch, then, art director of Harper’s Bazaar. By the time Faurer and Frank met, Faurer had been photographing in his style for quite some time. If one looked at the work of Faurer and then that of Frank, especially in the late 40s early 50s, I believe you can see Faurer’s influence. The New York Times in 2001, mentioned in Faurer’s obituary, that he was ¬†“producing¬†images taken on city streets that were raw, tender and often melancholy.”

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Broadway

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Coffee Urn

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Make Your Own History

Today is my birthday. When I was younger, in many ways it didn’t matter. You celebrated with friends and hopefully with someone special. As I’ve gotten older, having a family, a young son, and not being, well, a young father, I’ve been getting very nostalgic. I think about family more and more. Thankfully my parents are still around as they approach 90. Most of all, I think of my own immediate family. My wife Nicole, and especially my soon to be 6 year old son Ethan. I can’t help to think about where my own family came from, where I’m going, and especially what all this will mean for Ethan as I get even older. All I know is want to give him all I can and leave something for him that will continue to extend our family history. I never had the relationship with my father as I do with Ethan. Even though there will be an extensive image legacy of family and my work when I’m gone, I can’t forget we all share in the larger family of humanity. For Ethan, being an only child, in the future, that will matter a great deal.

Peace.

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My maternal family circa 1912, Brooklyn, New York.

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A quiet moment…..2009

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Nicole and Ethan, Chinese New York, 2014.

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