History of Photography

Introduction History of Photography (Encyclopaedia Britannica)

A World History of Photography (by Naomi Rosenblum)

The Story Behind the Pictures 1827-1991 (by Hans-Michael Koetzle)

Photographers' Dictionary
(based on "20th Century Photography - Museum Ludwig Cologne")



Photographers' Dictionary

(based on "20th Century Photography-Museum Ludwig Cologne")




Model Lisette

(b Vienna, 10 Nov 1906; d New York, 30 March 1983).

American photographer of Austrian birth. A school-friend of Gertrude Schoenberg, she studied music first with her father Arnold Schoenberg, before continuing her studies in Paris. She was a self-taught photographer and tried to find ways of working in photography, training as a technician in a photographic laboratory. In 1938 she settled in New York. Two years later the photographer Ralph Steiner (18991986) published her series of photographs, Promenade des Anglais, which she had taken in Nice in 1937. The series was characteristic of her work in revealing her obvious love of people, seen for example in Promenade des Anglais (1937), which depicts a rotund woman in a large sunhat, sitting precariously on a bench. The photographers Alexey Brodovitch (18981971) and Beaumont Newhall (b 1908) were impressed by her work.


French Riviera, 1937


At Sammy's


Gambler, French Riviera


Running Legs


Fashion Show, Hotel Pierre, New York


Reflection, New York (Delancey Street)


Albert-Alberta, Hubert's Forty-second Street Flea Circus, New York


Running Legs


We Mourn Our Loss


Reflections, NYC, Fifth Avenue


Belmont Park Race Track, seated man with umbrella




Broadway Singer, Metropolitan Café, New York


Coney Island, Standing


Lower East Side, New York, 1940s


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