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Lisette MODEL

Austria 1906 – United States of America 1983

  • United States from 1938

Running legs, Fifth Avenue, New York 1940-41 Materials & Technique: photographs, gelatin silver photograph

Dimensions: image 49.5 h x 39.6 w cm
Acknowledgement: Purchased 1981
Accession No: NGA 81.898

With a growing reputation and unconventional style, Viennese-born Model migrated to the United States in 1938. She immersed herself in the vitality she sensed emanating from the streets of New York City. Model inhabited the role of street photographer completely, tapping into the dynamism that the city was becoming famous for. A key feature of Model’s work is images of women in the city—their shoes on the pavement, shadows and reflections in the window displays. Model’s Modernist vision offers a unique counterpoint to the traditionally male subject matter that the street photography genre is known for.

Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra