Published by Silvana Editoriale. Text by Claudio Composti, Larry Fink, Monica Poggi.
Published alongside a double solo show with Horst P. Horst at CAMERA – Centro Italiano per la Fotografia, this book presents a selection of over 100 images by Austrian photographer Lisette Model (1901–83). Model is known primarily as an influential teacher to notable 20th-century photographers such as Diane Arbus and Larry Fink, but her own work as a pioneering and irreverent street photographer reveals a unique and grotesque vision of humanity—the close-up shots, the use of flash, the exasperated contrasts all accentuate the imperfections of the bodies, the flashy clothes, the coarse gestures. There is no interaction between Model and her subjects, who tend to be caught suddenly, while they eat, sing or gesticulate awkwardly, transformed by her shots into the characters of an irreverent human comedy. This is the first Italian-language volume to be published on the artist.
Published by Aperture. Preface by Berenice Abbott.
Lisette Model is an unsurpassed introduction to one of the twentieth century's most significant photographers--a woman whose searing images and eloquent teachings deeply influenced her students Diane Arbus, Larry Fink and many others. To mark the twenty-fifth anniversary of Model's death in 1983, Aperture is reissuing this classic, highly collectible 1979 monograph--the first book ever published on Model--in the original oversized trim and with the original distinctive design by Marvin Israel, along with an updated chronology and bibliography. This timeless volume contains more than 50 of Model's greatest images, from the rich idlers on the Promenade des Anglais in the South of France to the sad, funny and often eccentric inhabitants of New York's most subterranean haunts. As Berenice Abbott said in her preface, "One of the first reactions when looking at Model's pictures is that they make you feel good. You recognize them as real because real people express a bit of the universal humanity in all of us."
BOOK FORMAT Hardcover, 12 x 15 in. / 112 pgs / 54 duotones.
PUBLISHING STATUS Pub Date 9/1/2007 No longer our product
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