Louis C. Stoumen (American, 1917-1991), an accomplished writer, photographer and filmmaker, published 10 photography books and earned two Academy Awards for his film productions during a career that spanned more than four decades. He was well known for the deliberate use of text in his images to imply narrative and context and coined “Paper Movie” to describe his publications of photography and words. Stoumen taught at UCLA Film School for two decades before retiring to Sebastopol, Calif. The Museum Of Photographic Arts (MOPA) received his archive in 1992 and established the Lou Stoumen Prize to award working photographers of outstanding merit.
Image Credit: Lou Stoumen, Sunset, Times Square, 1980, gelatin silver print. © Lou Stoumen Archive / Museum of Photographic Arts