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Lou Stoumen: THE WAR YEARS
August 25, 2014 - December 13, 2014
Graduation from Lehigh University in 1939 launched Lou Stoumen (1917-1991) into a world at war. First a free-lance photographer and journalist, Stoumen soon enlisted in the U.S. Army and joined the staff of its weekly magazine Yank. Later to become an Academy Award winning cinematographer, Stoumen spent the war years traveling between New York, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, India, China, and Japan, always with a camera in hand.
Presented in conjunction with Invision Photo Festival 2014
Born in Springtown, Pennsylvania
Exhibits six photographs at Lehigh University art gallery
Meets Aldous Huxley
Self-publishes first book Speech for the Young, photography and poems by Stoumen
Graduates Lehigh University, Bachelor of Arts degree
Starts work as freelance photographer and journalist
Moves to New York City to study at Photo League under Sid Grossman
Becomes editor of Photo Notes, the monthly Photo League newsletter
Begins and completes self-assigned project to photograph Times Square, NY
Travels to Nova Scotia on photography assignment
Joins the National Youth Administration in Puerto Rico and becomes their staff photographer
Produces a photographic documentary on prostitution for the U.S. Public Health Service
First film: Tropico, a thirty-minute, 16mm film for the National Youth Administration
Volunteers and joins the U.S. Army where he is assigned the position of managing editor for the Caribbean Sentinel.
Joins the staff of Yank, the U.S. Army?s weekly magazine in San Juan.
Marries Lini Moerkerk Fuhr, New York
Travels to Calcutta for a special edition of Yank
Yank?s Magic Carpet, a U.S. Army booklet published in Calcutta features text and photographs by Stoumen.
Flies with first B-29 raid against Japan
Moves to San Francisco and joins the staff of Armed Forces Radio. Reports on the Founding conference of the United Nations. Writes and broadcasts regarding the bombing of Hiroshima.
Meets Alfred Stieglitz and shows him his work
Moves to Los Angeles where he becomes a free-lance photographer and writer working for local and national magazines.
First daughter, Toby, is born
Timeline adapted from Lou Stoumen : Caught in the Act, The Early Years. Singer Photography, 1995