Louis Stettner has had a long and distinguished career in photography. His photographs are in the permanent collections of such major museums as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. Born in Brooklyn, he was encouraged at an early age by Alfred Stieglitz and Paul Strand.
After he joined the Army, Stettner was sent to study engineering at Princeton and served as a combat photographer during WWII in the Pacific. After the war, he went to Europe, where he lived until 1952. There, he formed a working friendship with Brassai, who was responsible for Stettner's first publication. Stettner organized the first exhibition of French photography in America in 1947. He received an award from Life in 1951. After that, Stettner began earning a living as a freelance photographer, publishing in Life, Time and Fortune, as well as other magazines and newspapers.
During the last half of the 20th century, Stettner worked out of Paris and New York City. He has traveled the world with his camera, and finally settled permanently to live and work in Saint-Ouen, France, is 1990. He remains an active photographer, doing a series of street portraits during his visit to Detroit during Detroit Focus 2000. He continues to do his own printing and darkroom work at the age of 80.