Fashion Show, Hotel Pierre, New York City

Fashion Show, Hotel Pierre, New York City

1940

Lisette Model

(American, 1901-1983)

Gelatin silver print

Image: 35.5 x 42.8 cm (14 x 16 7/8 in.); Matted: 55.9 x 66 cm (22 x 26 in.)

Andrew R. and Martha Holden Jennings Fund 1992.7

Description

Intensely curious, Model was capable of selecting the most telling moment in a hurried world filled with information and activity. Her technical discipline and discerning perception made the camera an easy and successful extension of the artist’s eye, elevating the photograph beyond being merely a record of an event. In her New York images, she covered a range of emotion and human conditions, from Times Square or the Bowery to the plush settings of the St. Regis and Pierre hotels. This compelling image of two women dining best exemplifies Model’s revealing and often startling photographs of people. The image has a confrontational edge, almost to the point of intrusion, having been taken from a lowered point of view. She maximized the dramatic expression and emphasized the graphic character of the photograph through darkroom manipulations such as cropping and enlarging the negative.

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