Leica Store Miami exhibit of Passing Fancies from March 7th, 2019 to May 7th, 2019.
Excerpt from the Leica store website below. For the full story, please visit the Leica Store - Miami website
Louis Jay - Passing Fancies
PASSING FANCIES documents the journey of veteran photographer Louis Jay as he crisscrosses the continents to observe and record life in a few of his favorite places. Wandering the streets of Paris, the Amalfi Coast, Rio, and Miami, he captures fleeting moments in cafes and overlooked corners; on park benches and beaches; in cemeteries and churches — always finding the extraordinary in the ordinary. Louis’s multi-year road trip unfolds in 27 starkly beautiful black-and-white images that incite wonder and reveal his enduring and intimate relationships with these locals.
Gerhard Clausing in his The PhotoBookJournal review of Louis’s book of PASSING FANCIES said: “It is a marvelous study of everyday moments and thus a tribute to the universality of human experience!”
Born in Philadelphia, he moved to London as a young man to study photography at Harrow College of Art. Inspired by Kertész, Brassaï, and other classic documentary shooters of the 20th century, he roamed the city with his Leica camera, taking pictures of life on the streets.
Louis returned to the U.S. to continue his education with the great photographer Lisette Model at Parsons School of Design in New York City. Her mantra – “Never take a picture of anything you’re not passionately interested in” – had a profound impact on him throughout his life behind the lens.
Taking a temporary break from photography, Louis entered New York University Graduate Film Institute, where he studied with the renowned Czech cinematographer, Beda Bakta. Following his graduation, he spent as an assistant cameraman on commercials and independent films in New York City. However, Louis clambered to return to his first love, photography. He subsequently launched a commercial photography business in New York City and began shooting portraits and working with advertising agencies.
His assignments allowed him to travel widely. Louis developed a particular fondness for Rio de Janeiro and relocated his studio there – in the Gavia neighborhood – in 1986. There he photographed ads, record covers, and editorial portraits for Interview magazine. During these years, Louis continued pursuing his personal projects – photographing life and people in urban settings – which resulted in two one-man shows in New York (Cafeteria Portraits) and Rio (The Lapa Exhibit).
In the nineties, Louis moved back to the States and established a studio in Miami’s Design District where he continued to pursue commercial and portrait work. Throughout his international career, Louis taught photography classes at schools like Parsons, the Miami Ad School, and Barry University.
In 2011, Louis retired from commercial work, and returned to photographing people and their surrounding – his true passion. A lifelong dream to curate a book of photographs culminated in his first publication, Passing Fancies (Luce Press, 2018), a meditative documentary of Louis’s fascination with the spirit, mystery, and allure of his favorite places – Miami, Paris, the Amalfi Coast, and Rio, to name a few.