“The Most Extraordinary Singers and Music” – Lisette Model at Sammy’s Bowery Follies

Lisette Model (1901-1983), Singer [Mabel Sidney] at Sammy’s Bar, ca. 1940, (20.1993)

Mabel Sidney at Sammy’s, ca. 1955

Lisette Model (1901-1983), Singer at Sammy’s, New York, ca. 1940 (49.1993)

Lisette Model speaking, at ICP on November 17, 1977, about Sammy’s (267 Bowery).

Lisette Model (1901-1983), Two Singers, Sammy’s Bar, ca. 1940 (134.1993)

Lisette Model (1901-1983), Couple Dancing, ca. 1940 (90.1993)

Lisette Model (1901-1983), At Sammy’s, New York, ca. 1940 (22.1993)

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.)

Weegee, Lisette Model, at Nick’s Jazz Joint ca. 1946 (14208.1993)

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