Publisher: New York: Aperture Foundation, Inc., 1979
Edition: 1st Edition
Condition: Near Fine / No dust jacket as issued
Item #: 101760
First edition, first printing. Limited edition of 300 slipcased copies signed in black ink on the first page by Model (this copy is not numbered). [This edition does not include the silver print, which was originally included with the edition.] Hardcover. Gray cloth with title debossed in black on spine, in gray cloth slipcase printed on the front with a facsimile of Model's autograph in dark gray. Photographs by Lisette Model. Preface by Berenice Abbott. Includes chronology, bibliography and exhibition history. Designed by Marvin Israel. 112 pp., with approximately 60 large black and white plates, including several two-page spreads. 15-3/4 x 12-1/2 inches.
[Cited in Andrew Roth, ed., The Book of 101 Books: Seminal Photographic Books of the Twentieth Century. (New York: PPP Editions in association with Roth Horowitz LLC, 2001).] Out of print. Very scarce.
Near Fine (rippled cloth on slipcase, else Fine in the publisher's original printed cardboard shipping box).
The landmark publication of Model's work, from the 1930s to the 1970s, features her best-known, incisive images of humanity, from tourists on the Cote d'Azur and high-society New Yorkers, to entertainers, to outcasts, and more.
From the preface by Berenice Abbott: "I know of no photographer who has photographed people as inwardly as Lisette Model. Her people are direct targets of an artist's vision. She has that necessary rapport with the human species of whatever hue or faction. She is very much at home with all kinds of people. She feels for them and understands them. Sensitivity and tenderness predominate so that the camera finger is on their very pulse. She is concerned about them, and allows them to speak for themselves...It is a large order to look at life unblinkingly in the midst of general confusion. I believe Lisette Model's seeing places her in the foreground of an elite group. She is part of no cult nor fad. She is always herself. Hers is the fearless eye. Lisette has said, 'Don't shoot 'till the subject hits you in the pit of your stomach.' She does not shrink from reality. She meets it head on. Concerned with art, the subject is lost. Concerned with the subject, art is found. This is Lisette Model."