Eugenia Parry


By | photography

Lisette Model (who also taught Diane Arbus) talks to Eugenia Parry about her photography students:   [….] “Most of them were lazy. They photographed superficially.[….] When they hung work for me to look at, I said they all had one thing in common – MEDIOCRITY. [….] I wasn’t interested in tricks or technical perfection. I explored fear. I knew a hell of a lot about that. [….] Respond to the impact of what’s coming toward you. That’s what leads you. You don’t make the pictures. They arrive. They make themselves.”

(from a narrative autobiography “Spitting into the Mirror” ©2009, Steidl, Göttingen/©2009 Lisette Model Foundation, New York/©2009 Eugenia Parry

Model interviewed

By | photography, street photography

“Their questions made me too aware of a thousand certainties I never possessed: sound visual training, perseverance, hard work in the darkroom, thousands of great, technically perfect photographs spanning a lifetime. That’s what Americans admire. Of the 25,000 negatives I shot (another fact I concealed), the few hundred pictures I call good are a drop in the bucket.”

Lisette Model (Diane Arbus’ teacher) , being interviewed about being interviewed, Eugenia Parry: “Shooting off my mouth – Spitting into the mirror” ed. Steidl ©2009 Göttingen, Germany.