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"With just a glimpse, it's easy to see Model's influence, not only on her students like Larry Fink and Diane Arbus, but also on the direction of the medium of photography." -- Jay Gardner --Picture Magazine

"The Aperture Monograph of Lisette Model's collected works is definitely worth getting your hands on even if you are uninterested by landmarks in photographic history (Diane Arbus ranks as one of Model's more famous students) for one outstanding reason: after flipping through the book once, the deep gulf between the multiple subjects that are representative of her later works will seep into your conscious mind. Suddenly every street corner is full of individuals, caught up in their own internal worlds, the city watching over them curiously and commenting with the odd juxtaposition of a window dressing or a sculpted stone hand." -- Audrey Kobayashi --Tokion Magazine

"...Model found art everywhere, her vision unflinching and uniquely her own. She was concerned with the real." -- Shawn O'Sullivan --B&W: Black and White Magazine
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  • Hardcover: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Aperture; 2nd edition (September 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1597110493
  • ISBN-13: 978-1597110495
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 12.2 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #902,198 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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If you are a fan of Lisette Model, then you know how hard it has been to locate reproductions of her images. Worse still, the most complete, easily available reproduction I've seen (and own) has been the wonderful little Phaidon 55 series book. For those who don't know the Phaidon 55 series, it's great, with great printing, but the books are little. When I saw this book at the SFMOMA bookstore, I couldn't believe it. It's huge. I would have bought it right then, but...it's huge! I bought it the moment I got home from Amazon.

This book is really a treat. It's truly wonderful to see the grain, the rich blacks, the gutsy mid-tones, and the soft focus of Model's images. These are film images and the characteristics of the film, the equipment, and the technology of the times are in_your_face, and it's great. There is quite a bit of duplication of images between this book and the Phaidon book, but again, if you're a fan of Model, then you probably know that she doesn't have a huge body of work, and finally seeing these photos this big is the biggest treat of all.

If you are unfamiliar with Model's work, then these street photography images may seem tame to you, especially when compared to her most famous student, Diane Arbus. But, you can find the origins of the brutal honesty of Arbus' work in Model, and it's evident here, in this book. Model's images are honest, but respectful. There's a kindness, a sense of empathy, in Model's images that is refreshing, rare, and sadly missing from most of the street photography that followed her.

If you ARE a street photographer, then this book is pure inspiration, and spending time with Model can only do the soul good. If you are just a lover of photography, then this book must be in your collection. It's a classic by an important photographer. Get it and enjoy it for what it is, great photography.
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I like books about a photographer's work to have a short intro and lots of well printed photos. This book from the acclaimed Aperture collection fulfills both. The introduction by Berenice Abbott is interesting. The large format for this book (12" X 15") is unusual and welcome. This was a used book but was in great shape.

All the photos she took in the 1930s of the New York streets and New Yorkers are models for what came later. Street photographers today are sensitive to window reflections, shadows, and interesting people in all different sizes and shapes.
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I learned about Lisette Model many years ago and took a liking to her work, especially that of her early years in Europe. This large format book covers some of that material in addition to samples of later work in the U.S. A short write-up at the beginning sets her life in context, but the book is mostly large black and white photographs. She seems to have had a fascination for people, especially those on the "fringes" and this may be how her student, Diane Arbus, recognized a similar bent in herself.
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If you like Diana Arbus and Gary Winogrand, you must get this to see where there roots are. Model was Arbus's teacher and you can see where she found the starting point for her street work.
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