CHRONOLOGY

                                                                                                                                                                                                         ©    Janet Iffland-Stettner

                                                                                                                                                                                                      © Janet Iffland-Stettner

1922

Born November 7 - in Brooklyn, New York (twin)of Austrian immigrant parents.

1928-40

Educated in Brooklyn. Attends Abraham Lincoln High School.

Chronology Photos 36.jpg

Self-Portrait, Age 15

1935

Decides to be a photographer after seeing photographs by Stieglitz and Weegee. Parents offer him a Box Brownie.

Early photographic journal from first class in Photo League, February 9, 1939

1939

Joins the Photo League. Takes course in basic technique. Only photography lessons ever taken. Works in the cabinet workshop run by his father. Meanwhile photographs with a 20x25 and an Ikkoflex. Encouraged by Steiglitz and Paul Strand. Begins lifelong practice of always printing his own work in the darkroom.

1941

At eighteen enlists in the US Army in the Signal Corp asking to be trained as a combat photographer. Sent as a military student engineer to Princeton University.

Chronology Photos 15.jpg

Army Combat Photographer ca. 1943

1942-43

Signal Core Repairman, Crowder Missouri, and Signal Core Photographic Darkroom, Long Island City.

1944-45

Combat photographer sent first to New Guinea where attached to invasion fleet going to island of Mindoro. Next assignment with the 32nd infantry division fighting in mountains of Bagio, Luzon, Philippines.  Eventually sent to Japan after armistice arriving in Hiroshima. Discharged from army in December of 1945.

1946

Returns to New York. Rejoins the Photo League where he teaches basic course (1947). Becomes friend of Sid Grossman. Meets Weegee for first time. Photographs New York including the Subway Series

1947

Leaves for a three week trip to France and remains five years, living in Paris. Receives a commission from the Photo League to gather prints from significant French photographers and organizes the first exhibition of contemporary French photography in the United States at the League’s gallery (1948)  including  work of  Brassai, Izis, Boubat, Doisneau, Ronis, Masclet, etc. On going friendship with Brassai, who is his maitre, and Edouard Boubat.

Chronology Photos 6.jpg

Paris, ca. 1948

1949

First exhibits in Salon des Independents, Bibliotheque Nationale. First photographs published: Ten Photographs by Louis Stettner, Introduction by Brassai.

First pub IO.png

First publication of photographs of Paris and New York, 1949
1950

Prize winner in Life’s Young Photographers Contest. Reconnects with Paul Strand.

1951

Completes studies in cinema at IDHEC, Paris University.  Photographs Paris continually during this period.

1952

Returns to the United States.

1950s

Photographs New York and works as freelance photographer for Life, Time. Fortune. Paris-Match, Realities, National Geographic  as well as advertising firms in US and Europe. Also photographed for Marshall Plan but fired after visit from FBI for not revealing political views of Photo League members.

Replacement for 1950s image.png

1952-64

Periodic trips to photograph Paris, Greece, Spain, Portugal, Holland and Mexico.

Pepe and Tony.png

Pepe and Tony, Ibiza, Spain, 1956 © Louis Stettner

1956

Pepe and Tony, Spanish Fishermen Series, Ibiza, Spain

1956-57

Creative Photography fellowships at Yaddo, Saratoga Springs, New York. Meets Saul Bellow.

Saratoga.png

Saratoga Springs, 1956-57, © Louis Stettner

Nancy.png

Nancy, The Beatnik Generation, NY 1958 © Louis Stettner

1958 

Nancy: The Beatnik Generation Series, Greenwich Village

Penn Sta girl.png

Penn Station, 1958 © Louis Stettner

1958

Penn Station Series

1958 -62

Works freelance in Paris. Chief photographer with Havas for a year.

1965-70

Photo-journalist for MD Magazine, New York.

1971-79

Writes a monthly feature first entitled “Speaking Out” and then “A Humanist View” for Camera 35 offering personal views as well as a reflection of cross-currents of photography in the Seventies.

Worker bingo.png

Worker, Bingo Factory, ca. 1972-74 © Louis Stettner

1972-74

Workers Series. Receives a National Endowment for the Arts Grant for his series on Workers (’74 Ceases to collaborate with press and advertising agencies).

1973-79

Professor of Photography at CW Post Center, Long Island University.  (’76 -  Lectures at ICP, New York and at Bennington College Vermont).

Teaching photog.png

Teaching Photography at CW Post, Long Island Univeristy

1975

Awarded First Prize, Pravda World Contest. Travels six weeks photographing in the Soviet Union.

1977

Edits book Weegee the Famous. Begins taking photographs of landscapes (Montana, Wyoming, New York, France).

1980s

Concentrates on personal creative work. Produces a number of series including Still Lifes (1983/84); Cityscapes (1985); The Manhattan Trilogy: On the Bowery (1986), Lower Manhattan (1987/88), and Midtown; Brooklyn Bridge (1988); Manhattan Walls (1990); Pavement (1990); Nature, Nudes, and Portraits.

1990

Returns to France permanently to photograph, paint, and sculpt in Saint-Ouen (Seine Saint Denis).

1991-1996

Works on several series of assemblage and photography : Marche aux Puces, Croissants, Heros du Metro, and Tetes du Louvre while continuing to photograph Paris.

Chrysler.png

Chrysler Building from Times Square, 2004 © Louis Stettner

1998 - 2016

Begins to photograph New York shooting color film during summer visits. Completes the Manhattan Pastoral Series. Continues to photograph Paris.

Also paints, draws, and makes bronze sculpture.

IMG_4672 copy.jpg

@ Samuel Kirszenbaum

2001

Receives the medal of the Chevalier de l’ordre des Arts et des Lettres in France.

2012
"Retrospective”, Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Paris

Photographing in Alpilles.png

Photographing in the Alpilles, 2014

2013-2016

Photographs his last series, The Alpilles, in Provence using an 8x10” Deardorff  large format field camera.

FullSizeRender-8.jpg

2016

“Ici Ailleurs” Exhibition, Centre Pompidou, Paris.

Dies in Paris on October 13 at the age of ninety-three.