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Photo: Dan Wayne

Lisette Model
Born 1901 in Vienna, Austria
Died 1983 in New York, NY
Broadway Singer, Metropolitan Café, New York, no date
gelatin silver print
19 1/2 x 15 3/4 inches
Gift of Drs. Antonio and Luz Racela
1997.29.11
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Austrian-born Model left France for New York in 1938 and two years later received wide acclaim for the publication of her photographic series Promenade des Anglais (1934–37), which portrayed how engaging ordinary people can be. In addition to her fashion and editorial work, Model was known for her images of social eccentrics and those whom society had relegated to the margins. For thirty years she taught at New York's New School for Social Research, where one of her most famous students and friends was Diane Arbus.