Louis Stettner discovered photography as a young teenager and became a photographer for the army during World War II. In 1947, he settled in Paris where he met Brassai, Edouard Boubat and Willy Ronis. Having returned to New York, in 1952, the American photographer combined his Parisian inspirations to the influence of Paul Strand and Weegee, finding in urban subjects, a graphic and human impulse. A fierce observer of his surroundings, he peered through windows, doors and subway trains while he captured furtive melancholic or amusing moments: a woman lost in thoughts, a man eating alone, children admiring a film poster or this boy greening amidst a crowd of hats. Mysterious and poetic, Louis Stettner’s images managed to depict rare concepts in a noisy metropolis: solitude, silence and intimacy.