Lisette Model. Preface by Berenice Abbott.

New York, Aperture, 1979.

Folio, pp. [2], 109, [3], with 51 black & white plates; grey textured cloth, in a like slipcase, both fine, in the original cardboard mailing box.


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First edition, #54 of 300 copies signed by Model, with a gelatin silver print ‘Sailor and Girl’ (c. 1940), also signed.

A landmark monograph, Model’s first, collecting images from the ’40s to the ’70s, from the French Riviera to Sammy’s Bar in the Bowery. Born in Austria, Model established herself as a photographer in New York during the war, publishing regularly in Harper’s Bazaar. Her importance is not to be underestimated, not least because of her years as a teacher at the New School where her pupils included Arbus, Gossage, Fink and Weber. Abbott was a colleague.

Roth, The Book of 101 Books, pp. 242-3 (ordinary issue).

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