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12th February 2019

The Secret Streets of Brassaï & Louis Stettner

Brassaï and Stettner both cut their artistic teeth on street photography but from there they diverged.  Brassaï avoided improvisation where he could, sometimes giving his images a “frozen” quality. Stettner, whom Brassaï mentored, was all spontaneity. His sympathetic images of New York commuters combine “theatrical composition and voyeuristic opportunism”.