Gelatin silver print
Image: 34.4 x 26.8 cm (13 9/16 x 10 9/16 in.); Matted: 50.8 x 40.6 cm (20 x 16 in.)
John L. Severance Fund 1988.192
© Lisette Model Foundation, courtesy PaceWildensteinMacGill, New York
This work probably belongs to a series of photographs of plate-glass windows that Model took in 1939, two years after immigrating to Manhattan from Europe. Titled Reflections, the series conveyed the energy and excitement of the New York streets. By then, the economy had improved, although unemployment and poverty rates remained high. There is no sense of deprivation in Model’s image of posh Fifth Avenue, with its tall buildings, stylish pedestrians, and abundant choices of fashionable hats.
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