Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Lisette Model (by Elyssa Marcus)

Lisette Model first got her start in photography after meeting her future husband, Evsa Model, a painter.  She emigrated from Vienna to Paris and began lessons with a tutor.  On a visit to Nice with her sister, she became intrigued by the Promenade des Anglais and there she created her first series of portraits which have become her most acclaimed work.  These portraits of the local affluence are characterized by closely cropped photos displaying "vanity, insecurity, and loneliness."  Model was invited to teach at the New School in Manhattan, where she taught alongside her friend Berenice Abbott.  A famous pupil of hers includes Diana Arbus.
©Lisette Model
© Lisette Model
© Lisette Model

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