Photography

Larsen, Lisa (1925 - 1959)

Born in Germany, Lisa Larsen moved to the United States as a teenager and promptly became a freelance photographer for many publications such as Vogue, Glamour and in particular, Life. At the beginning, she was mostly assigned entertainment and fashion stories, depicting Hollywood stars, Grace Kelly in New York before she embarked for Monaco, John F.Kennedy and Jacqueline Bouvier’s wedding but also America’s youth. Soon, her work became more political and the German photographer turned into a pioneering female photojournalist (before prematurely dying from breast cancer), travelling around the world, always eager to depict emotional, realistic, warm and sympathetic portraits: ‘I feel it is very important to know your subjects as individuals. Ideally this takes time – and often you don’t have time. You work under pressure… I dislike superficial and I especially dislike superficial relationships’. She became a favorite of the Russian leader, Nikita Khrushchev who, during one of his anti-Western speeches, once declared: ‘Don’t misunderstand me. There is an American girl standing in front of me. Americans are good people.’ The good American girl was Lisa Larsen.
 

Lisa Larsen, Syracuse University, 1949
Lisa Larsen, Syracuse University, 1949
Lisa Larsen, Models playing leapfrog on the beach, Miami, Florida, 1956
Lisa Larsen, Models playing leapfrog on the beach, Miami, Florida, 1956
Lisa Larsen, Jitterbug dance party, 1954
Lisa Larsen, Jitterbug dance party, 1954
Lisa Larsen, Fitting shoes, at Capezio Theatrical Shoes, New York, ca. 1949
Lisa Larsen, Fitting shoes, at Capezio Theatrical Shoes, New York, ca. 1949
Lisa Larsen, Grace Kelly, 1956
Lisa Larsen, Grace Kelly, 1956
Lisa Larsen, Grace Kelly, 1956
Lisa Larsen, Grace Kelly, 1956
Lisa Larsen, Dale Strong, 1952
Lisa Larsen, Dale Strong, 1952
Lisa Larsen, Massachusetts, 1953
Lisa Larsen, Massachusetts, 1953
Lisa Larsen, Anita Ekberg, 1951
Lisa Larsen, Anita Ekberg, 1951
Lisa Larsen, Gleason Girls, 1953
Lisa Larsen, Gleason Girls, 1953
Lisa Larsen, British fashion in Moscow, June 1956
Lisa Larsen, British fashion in Moscow, June 1956
Lisa Larsen, John and Jacqueline Kennedy at Their Wedding Reception, September 1953
Lisa Larsen, John and Jacqueline Kennedy at Their Wedding Reception, September 1953
Lisa Larsen, Wedding of Jackie Bouvier & John F. Kennedy, September 1953
Lisa Larsen, Wedding of Jackie Bouvier & John F. Kennedy, September 1953
Lisa Larsen, Wedding of Jackie Bouvier & John F. Kennedy, September 1953
Lisa Larsen, Wedding of Jackie Bouvier & John F. Kennedy, September 1953
Lisa Larsen, Swimsuit fashions, 1956
Lisa Larsen, Swimsuit fashions, 1956
Lisa Larsen, Marlon Brando, 1948
Lisa Larsen, Marlon Brando, 1948
Lisa Larsen, Wellesley College girls gathered outside the Hathaway House Bookshop, 1953
Lisa Larsen, Wellesley College girls gathered outside the Hathaway House Bookshop, 1953
Lisa Larsen, Leisurely chat at picnic, 1950s
Lisa Larsen, Leisurely chat at picnic, 1950s
Lisa Larsen, Marlon Brando with his sister Jocelyn, 1948
Lisa Larsen, Marlon Brando with his sister Jocelyn, 1948
Lisa Larsen, Southern Weekend, 1951
Lisa Larsen, Southern Weekend, 1951
Lisa Larsen, Attractive young woman in Manhattan, 1953
Lisa Larsen, Attractive young woman in Manhattan, 1953
Lisa Larsen, Southern Weekend, 1951
Lisa Larsen, Southern Weekend, 1951
Lisa Larsen, Southern Weekend, 1951
Lisa Larsen, Southern Weekend, 1951
Lisa Larsen, Grace Kelly, 1956
Lisa Larsen, Grace Kelly, 1956
Lisa Larsen, Vikki Dougan, 1953
Lisa Larsen, Vikki Dougan, 1953
Lisa Larsen, Grace Kelly, 1956
Lisa Larsen, Grace Kelly, 1956
Lisa Larsen, Anita Ekberg, 1951
Lisa Larsen, Anita Ekberg, 1951
Lisa Larsen, Dale Strong, 1952
Lisa Larsen, Dale Strong, 1952
Lisa Larsen, U.S. Post-war teenagers, 1948
Lisa Larsen, U.S. Post-war teenagers, 1948
Lisa Larsen, Hand writting, Massachusetts, 1953
Lisa Larsen, Hand writting, Massachusetts, 1953
Lisa Larsen, Delta Gamma girls singing on a bus, 1950
Lisa Larsen, Delta Gamma girls singing on a bus, 1950
Lisa Larsen, Dale Strong, 1952
Lisa Larsen, Dale Strong, 1952
Lisa Larsen, Kirk Douglas hugs his son Michael, 1949
Lisa Larsen, Kirk Douglas hugs his son Michael, 1949
Lisa Larsen, Greta Garbo walking in New York, 1955
Lisa Larsen, Greta Garbo walking in New York, 1955
Lisa Larsen, Grace Kelly, 1965
Lisa Larsen, Grace Kelly, 1965
Lisa Larsen, Dale Strong, 1952
Lisa Larsen, Dale Strong, 1952
Lisa Larsen, Nat King Cole celebrates his wedding to Maria Ellington, 1948
Lisa Larsen, Nat King Cole celebrates his wedding to Maria Ellington, 1948
Lisa Larsen, Nikita Khrushchev giving speech, 1958
Lisa Larsen, Nikita Khrushchev giving speech, 1958
Lisa Larsen, Marlon Brando, 1948
Lisa Larsen, Marlon Brando, 1948
Lisa Larsen, Flower women, Moscow, 1956
Lisa Larsen, Flower women, Moscow, 1956
Lisa Larsen, A woman doing labor work in a factory, 1956
Lisa Larsen, A woman doing labor work in a factory, 1956
Lisa Larsen, Anita Ekberg, 1951
Lisa Larsen, Anita Ekberg, 1951
Lisa Larsen, New American citizens take oath during a mass naturalization ceremony, New York, 1954
Lisa Larsen, New American citizens take oath during a mass naturalization ceremony, New York, 1954
Lisa Larsen, Grace Kelly, 1956
Lisa Larsen, Grace Kelly, 1956
Lisa Larsen, Anita Ekberg, 1951
Lisa Larsen, Anita Ekberg, 1951
Lisa Larsen, Marlon Brando and his sister Jocelyn, 1948
Lisa Larsen, Marlon Brando and his sister Jocelyn, 1948
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