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Louis Faurer 

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One of Louis Faurer's stated goals was to "transform adversity into victories of love and hope." His photographs of New York street scenes, most shot between 1946 and '54, document the alienating effects of city life. Champion, New York, N.Y. is a lonely image of a well-dressed man standing in the middle of traffic, his confused eyes searching beyond the frame. In Deaf Mute, New York, N.Y. a deaf man has stopped a young woman on the street, and her plaintive stare suggests an awareness that she can never understand his plight. Yet even as Faurer's work chronicles loneliness, it reminds us that beauty and solace are available to everyone. Eddie, New York, N.Y. is a touching image of a retarded man whose downcast appearance is offset by the flowers clutched in his hand. An untitled photo of Times Square shows an elderly woman walking purposefully past the lighted billboards, carrying an open umbrella even though none of the other pedestrians has one. Her behavior is odd, but she seems comfortably certain of her way. These photos are among the 120 in the Art Institute's Faurer exhibit; 18 prints, most duplicates of those at the museum, are also on view at Stephen Daiter Gallery. One stirring image at Daiter but not the Art Institute is worth the trip. The untitled work shows an old movie poster on a wall; most of it has peeled away, leaving behind only the tattered faces of a couple enjoying a kiss. Like so many Faurer photos, it reminds us to savor the beautiful moments. Art Institute of Chicago, Michigan and Adams, through January 26. Hours are 10:30 to 4:30 Monday; 10:30 to 8 Tuesday; 10:30 to 4:30 Wednesday through Friday; and 10 to 5 Saturday and Sunday; 312-443-3600. Stephen Daiter Gallery, 311 W. Superior, suite 404, through January 4. Hours are 11 to 6 Friday and Saturday and by appointment; 312-787-3350.

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