|San Francisco, Lisette Model, 1949|
|Coney Island, New York, 1941, Lisette Model|
Her work is evocative of a need for questioning human motives, society, and in many cases the lives of those on the social fringe in the 1940's and 1950's when Model was at the height of her fecundity. Divorcees, the obese, old people were all considered viable, and worthy, photographic subjects - which can be seen taken to an even further extreme in Arbus' works. Her street scenes and night life photographs are also famous and enduring. The human form, in all its intricacies: beauty, reality of form and figure, necessity of limbs and movement, at once familiarity and strangeness.
|Reflections, New York, 1939, Lisette Model|
Model died in 1983, but her work lives on. A particularly good permanent exhibit of her work is at the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa. There are also pieces at the MoMA in New York and the Getty Museum in Los Angeles.