Lisette Model

Street Life

  • Series CAMERA Torino
  • Edited by Monica Poggi
  • Binding Hardcover
  • Size 23 x 28 cm
  • Pages 160
  • Illustrations 110
  • Year 2021
  • ISBN 9788836648320
  • Price € 32,00
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Abstract

Published on the occasion of the first Italian anthological exhibition dedicated to her, the volume retraces the successful work of Lisette Model, an artist of Austrian origin who had great importance in the development of photography in the Fifties and Sixties.
Parallel to her teaching activity - she had among her students authors who later became famous such as Diane Arbus and Larry Fink - Lisette Model was an ironic and irreverent photographer, able to capture in her shots the most grotesque aspects of post-war American society.
Alongside the most famous series - such as Promenade des Anglais, created in Nice, or the photographs dedicated to New Yorkers or the very suggestive ones made in jazz clubs - the book also proposes lesser-known projects, which account for her personal and sardonic photographic language.
The close-up shots, the persistent use of the flash, the harsh contrasts are the expedients that the author resorts to in order to accentuate the imperfections of the bodies and the coarse gestures of her subjects, transformed into the characters of a sneering human comedy: an approach to reality which made Lisette Model the forerunner of a way of using photography that would find full realization only in the following decades.

Turin, CAMERA, April - July 2021

Contents

Mirrors, Windows and Curtains
Monica Poggi

Lisette Model. Gazing at the World
Claudio Composti

My Lisette
Larry Fink

The Promenade des Anglais and the first shots

The beauty of highways, the poetry of skyscrapers

Life’s a show

Sing, sing, sing

Appendix