Apr 14, 2010

City of Sin

City of Sin


Louis Faurer

(American, 1916-2001)

Gelatin silver print

Paper: 28 x 35.6 cm (11 x 14 in.); Matted: 40.6 x 50.8 cm (16 x 20 in.)

Gift of Howard Greenberg 2009.481



The signs and marquees around Times Square provided Louis Faurer with richly ironic images. Here, words from a film title and a promotional phrase become commentary on the risks of living in New York City, which in Faurer’s world is the “City of Sin” and the “Home of the Brave.” In 1925 the Rivoli Theater, a few blocks north of where City of Sin was taken, was the first movie theater to offer air-conditioning. Soon, most were “cooled by refrigeration,” and going to the movies became a way to beat summer heat in the city.

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