“IN THE CARTIER-BRESSON TRADITION”
STETTNER, Louis; CAVANNA, François. Sur Le Tas. (Paris): Editions Cercle d’Art, (1979). Quarto, original photographically illustrated self-wrappers. $450.
First edition of Stettner and Cavanna’s celebration of workers “on the job” in the United States, the Soviet Union, and France, with 156 lovely black-and-white images by Stettner, many full-page.
Praised by Brassaï as a photographer who reveals the world “with utmost accuracy and the simplicity of great art” (Early Joys), Brooklyn-born Louis Stettner is “a consummate street photographer in the Cartier-Bresson, Atget and, well, Weegee tradition” (New York Times). Stettner advanced the “tradition of worker photography… by introducing an attitude intended to reveal the subject not as worker merely but as worker and personality” (Jacob Deschin).