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Lou Stoumen (1917 - 1991)

Sailor and Girl, Subway, New York, 1940

gelatin silver print

Although Lou Stoumen went on to a long and distinguished career writing, producing and directing Hollywood films (two Academy Awards), his place in the history of American photojournalism is secured by his vibrant images of Times Square and its denizens, taken as a young photography student in 1939-41. Stouman's work was included in Edward Steichen's famous Family of Man exhibit. The Museum of Photographic Art's prestigious Lou Stoumen Prize in Photography is awarded annually to a contemporary photographer "whose work relates in spirit to Stoumen's humanistic style."