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Lisette Model Hardcover – September 1, 2007
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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
About the Author
Lisette Model was born in Vienna and spent several years in Paris before moving to New York in 1938. Three years later she began a twelve-year association with Harper’s Bazaar as a freelance photographer. Starting in 1951, she also taught at the New School for Social Research and in private classes and workshops.
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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.
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.