PRINT September 1995


A CITY CROWD: we know nothing of the people who stream past us, their states of mind, or even what has brought them out in the street—perhaps some errand, perhaps simple pleasure. And it is precisely this not knowing that attracts us to Beat Streuli’s photographs.

Consider a sequence of images: a girl in a green T-shirt, seen from the back, stands in front of the blue cab of a truck. By the fourth photograph she has disappeared between the white shirts of two passersby. In a single photograph a boy in a jeans jacket, bent forward, is glimpsed between the rear of a bus, above, and the roof of a car, below. We can deduce that he is on a bicycle and waiting for a traffic light to turn green. Another boy is photographed several times in black and white; he appears among men who are dressed as he is, in a winter coat and sports jacket. He is the focus of the image, and the backgrounds are cast

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