The broadest and most revealing survey of its kind, Lisette Model and Her Successors brings together for the first time a selection of vintage works by Lisette Model—one of the last century’s most significant photographers—and thirteen of her 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. This exhibition has been curated by Diana Edkins, Aperture’s director of exhibitions and limited-edition photographs, and Larry Fink, photographer.
Coinciding with the exhibition, and to mark the twenty-fifth anniversary of her death in 1983, Aperture is reissuing the classic 1979 monograph Lisette Model. The first book ever published on Model, it is being reissued in the original oversized trim with its distinctive design by Marvin Israel, and including an updated chronology and bibliography. The monograph contains more than fifty of Model’s greatest images, from those taken in the South of France to the sad, funny, and often eccentric inhabitants of New York’s subterranean haunts. As Model’s longtime friend Berenice Abbott said in the preface, “One of the first reactions when looking at Model’s pictures is that they make you feel good. You recognize them as real because real people express a bit of the universal humanity in all of us.”