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Lisette Model [Hardcover]

Lisette Model , Berenice Abbott

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10 Sep 2007
Lisette Model is an unsurpassed introduction to one of the twentieth centurys most significant photographersa 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 her death in 1983, Aperture is reissuing this classic 1979 monograph. The first book ever published on Model, it is being reissued in the original oversized trim and with the original distinctive design by Marvin Israel, with an updated chronology and bibliography.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Finally! Model BIG! 13 Mar 2008
By Grayzer - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
5.0 out of 5 stars Lisette Model 10 Nov 2012
By Carleton T. Anderson - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have for the serious street photographer 1 Oct 2007
By JOHN A. STOVALL - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
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.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great photos 2 Jan 2012
By Alle - Published on Amazon.com
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We gave this as a present to a photography student. She loved it. I loved the full page black & white photographs. The pictures were very interesting.Lisette Model
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5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful classic... 24 Dec 2009
By phaedra - Published on Amazon.com
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Lisette Model's photographs are a wonderful slice of humanity. It is a great pleasure to finally own this book!!!!!!! I love it.
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