PRINT May 1980


Lisette Model: An Aperture Monograph

LISETTE MODEL IS SURELY photography’s Greta Garbo, a living legend surrounded by an aura of mystery. Interestingly, Model’s mystery is maintained even in this, the first major book of her photographs. The book is physically stunning—a deluxe 12- by 15-inch format contains 52 large prints—spanning the greater part of her career from the late 1930s to the early 1970s. It is the most complete view we have had of Model’s distinctive way of seeing. The photographs are accompanied by a chronology of Model’s life and career, a bibliography of articles about and shows by Model, and a brief introduction by photographer and Model’s long-time friend Berenice Abbott.

Already tagged as this season’s blockbuster photography book, and rightly so, for my money, this is an important documentation of the woman with a reputation for having penetrated reality with one of the most instinctive pair of eyes there

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