Mabel Sidney at Sammy’s, ca. 1955
Lisette Model speaking, at ICP on November 17, 1977, about Sammy’s (267 Bowery).
Lisette Model speaking at ICP on November 17, 1977 about how she got into photography.
A summary: Trained as a musician, a child-student of Arnold Schoenberg (1874–1951), Lisette Model was a pianist and wanted to become a singer. After moving from Vienna to Paris something went wrong, “I had too many teachers. Beware of teachers.” Model started to paint. After a 1936 meeting in Paris with a composer who had fled Nazi Germany, Model (who had a little sister who was an excellent amateur photographer) decided to become “a darkroom worker” in order to make a living. (To be continued.)