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Lisette Model and Her Successors


Aperture Foundation
547 West 27th Street, 4th Floor, 212-505-5555
September 7 - November 1, 2007
Reception: Thursday, September 6, 7 - 9 PM
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The broadest and most enterprising survey of its kind, Lisette Model and Her Successors brings together for the first time a selection of 150 vintage works by Lisette Model-one of the last century’s most significant photographers-and thirteen of Model’s illustrious students who went on to leave their own marks on American photographic history: Diane Arbus, Bruce Cratsley, Lynn Davis, Elaine Ellman, Larry Fink, Peter Hujar, Raymond Jacobs, Ruth Kaplan, Leon Levinstein, Eva Rubinstein, Gary Schneider, Rosalind Solomon, and Bruce Weber.

Lisette Model’s (1901-1983) searing images and eloquent teachings have influenced three generations of photographers, including the star studded roster of artists featured in this exhibition. A native Viennese, she lived in France before moving to New York in 1938. On view in the exhibition are many of her most iconic images that collectively convey a portrait of America at all social levels, from Coney Island and jazz clubs to local hangouts and Fifth Avenue. Coinciding with the show, and to mark the twenty-fifth anniversary of her death in 1983, Aperture is reissuing the classic 1979 monograph (September 2007) with the original design of Marvin Israel.
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