Sunday, June 10, 2018

Lisl Baby: I am the Scheherazade of Photography (English and German Edition) Hardcover – December 31, 2015 by Lisl Steiner (Edition Lammerhuber)

This book presents major public personas through the eye of an extraordinary photographer Lisl Steiner. It's a close up on the oeuvre of a very special woman, artist and photographer
Limited, numbered and signed edition of 1,000 copies

"Like Scheherazade I have woven many stories from my life and photography into something like a coherent narrative of the times I found myself in", says Lisl Steiner, one of the most unusual personalities in the history of photo journalism. She is a world traveler, she sketches, she is a poet, and a muse to some. At the age of 88 she became a YouTube success with more than 400,000 hits: Society is Kaput & Other Truths From an Ageless Spirit.

In this book Lisl Steiner gathers her engaging photographs in a kind of retrospective, pictures of Armstrong, Bernstein, Borges, Carter, Castro, Casals, Davis, Gulda, Eisenhower, Ellington, JFK, Mailer, Neruda, Niemayer, Nixon, Pele, B.B. King and Martin Luther King, or Kissinger in conversation with Beckenbauer in the bathtub. Her drawings and her life story complement the photographs. Lisl Steiner's account of her life is colorful to the maximum. In one word: extraordinary


I am the Scheherazade of photography; A short biography in pictures; All the Beautiful People; About love; Children of the Americas; From my sketch book; Still going strong; I am hot shit; How to make a book with Lisl Steiner.

About the Author

Lisl Steiner was born in Vienna in 1927. In 1938 she and her family fled from the Nazis to Argentina. Her alma mater is the university of Buenos Aires, where she studied art. She then started to work in the Argentinian film industry and was involved in the making of 50 documentaries. Her career as a photographer began with a portrait of the Argentinian president, Pedro Eugenio Aramburu, published in Life magazine. In 1960 she moved to New York and worked freelance for Time, Newsweek, The New York Times, Life and Associated Press. In the early 1970s she and her psychiatrist husband, Michael Meyer Monchek, moved to Pound Ridge, where she still lives.

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