“There must be something going on down there too…”


Lisette Model (1901-1983), Running Legs, New York, 1940-41 (119.1993)


Lisette Model (1901-1983), Running Legs, New York, 1940-41 (83.1993)


Lisette Model (1901-1983), Running Legs, New York, 1940-41 (96.1993)


Lisette Model (1901-1983), Running Legs, New York, 1940-41 (97.1993)


Lisette Model (1901-1983), Running Legs, New York, 1940-41 (126.1993)


Lisette Model speaking at ICP on November 17, 1977 about how she started taking these photos of sidewalk scrapers.

A summary (even though everything sounds better in Lisette Model’s voice, darling): After arriving in New York, the first thing Lisette Model wanted to do was photograph skyscrapers. Instead of looking up, she began looking down. Dissatisfied with the way the perspective appeared in her Rolleiflex camera, she started intensely photographing, for six weeks, legs and feet, gams and shoes, on the sidewalks of New York.


Lisette Model (1901-1983), Running Legs, New York, 1940-41 (51.1993)

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3 Responses to “There must be something going on down there too…”

  1. Wow, oh wow! These are brilliant. I’ve not seen anything like these before. Do you choose the photos from the archive, Christopher, or do they relate to things that are currently on display? Are you a curator at the museum?

    • Christopher George says:

      Thanks for writing. Yes – the photos are from the archive. Almost all of the photos in my blog posts are not currently on display. At times they relate (sometimes subtly) to current exhibitions (not always intentionally). No – I’m not a curator. (I’m an “imaging technician” and sometimes a printer in the archives:-)
      Thank you!

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