Lisl Steiner

Lisl Steiner (born November 19, 1927) is a noted Austrian-American photographer, photojournalist, and documentary filmmaker. She is particularly known for her photographs of political and cultural figures of the 1950s and 60s, including Fidel Castro, Louis Armstrong, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Richard Nixon, and Henri Cartier-Bresson.

Lisl Steiner
Born (1927-11-19) November 19, 1927 (age 92)
Alma materUniversity of Buenos Aires
Known forPolitical and cultural portraits

Early life and educationEdit

Steiner was born in Vienna, Austria, in 1927. Shortly after Adolf Hitler annexed Austria in 1938, she and her family emigrated to Buenos Aires, Argentina.[1] She studied art at the University of Buenos Aires and the Fernando Fader School of Decorative Arts.[2]


In her 20s, Steiner began working in documentary film. She helped produce some 50 documentaries for the foreign ministry of Argentina.[1][2]

Steiner's photojournalism career began around age 30, when she published a photograph of Argentina's president, Pedro Eugenio Aramburu for Life magazine. She went on to work for the Brazilian magazine O Cruzeiro, undertaking photo assignments around Latin America.[1][2]

In 1960, she moved to New York and began freelancing for Time, Newsweek, The New York Times, Life, and Associated Press. That year, she photographed Fidel Castro during a famous visit to the United Nations. Her subjects from this time include artist Henri Cartier-Bresson, U.S. President Jimmy Carter, and the state funeral of John F. Kennedy.[1][2][3][4]

In 2000, the Leica Gallery in Manhattan held a retrospective of her work.[5]

Personal lifeEdit

Steiner moved to Westchester County, New York, in the early 1970s. A longtime resident of Pound Ridge, she spent 24 years living with her husband, psychiatrist Meyer Monchek, who died in 1992.[2]


  1. ^ a b c d Bleyer, Jennifer (13 August 2006). "A Career Behind the Camera". The New York Times. Retrieved 7 March 2015.
  2. ^ a b c d e "The intuitive lens of Lisl Steiner". Organization of American States. 1994.
  3. ^ Swift, Vivian. "An Improvised Life". Panache Privee. Missing or empty |url= (help)
  4. ^ Brodnick, Bonni. "Photographer Lisl Steiner: 'Don't Be Possessed by Your Possessions'". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 7 March 2015.
  5. ^ Delbanco, Andrea (22 October 2000). "Playing Around the Neighborhood". The New York Times. Retrieved 7 March 2015.

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