Lisette Model. Window Reflections. 1940

Lisette Model Window Reflections 1940

  • MoMA, Floor 5, 520 The Alfred H. Barr, Jr. Galleries

Model immigrated to the United States from Vienna in 1938. In New York, she was active in the Photo League, an organization that served as both a community of photographers and a forum dedicated to advancing social change through creative photography in a progressive documentary tradition. In Window Reflections, Model brought together multiple strands prevalent in European and American photography, from experimental graphic and spatial play to the scrutiny of urban life. The facial features of her subject have vanished into his shadowed form, while the cacophonous signs of the city are reflected against his silhouette, provoking the viewer to contemplate what he might be thinking.

Gallery label from Soldier, Spectre, Shaman: The Figure and the Second World War, October 24, 2015-March 20, 2016.
Gelatin silver print
13 15/16 × 10 11/16" (35.4 × 27.2 cm)
Gift of the artist
Object number
© 2021 Estate of Lisette Model, courtesy Baudoin Lebon Gallery, Paris and Keitelman Gallery, Brussels

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