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Lisette Model

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Lisette Model was an Austrian-born, US-based photographer. In 1924 Model moved to Paris to study music with Polish soprano Marya Freund. It was also then when she met her future husband, the French-Jew Painter Evsa Model (1901-1976). In 1933 Model gave up music and decided to focus on her visual arts education. She started by studying painting with Andre Lhote who also had Henri Cartier-Bresson und George Hoyningen-Huene among his students and by learning how to develop negatives in the darkroom with her young sister Olga Seybert, a professional photographer herself. In addition, French photographer Rogi Andre gave Model a basic training on camera techniques. In 1934, while visiting her mother in Nice, Model took her camera to the Promenade des Anglais and made a series of portraits that are now among her most well-know images. Three years later she and her husband moved to New York City, where she worked as a photographer for the PM-Magazine and collaborated regularly with Haper’s Bazaar. A few years later she became a member of the New York Photo League and had her first exhibition in 1941. Until 1953, she worked as a freelance photographer for major publications and in 1947 she began to teach photography at the San Francisco Institute of Fine Arts. In 1951 Model’s old friend and photographer Berenice Abbott invited her to take a teaching position at the New School for Social Research in New York City, where she worked until 1983. Her most famous student was Diane Arbus. Lisette Model died in New York City in 1983.

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