The lady van­ishes

Amateur Photographer - - Your Letters -

In 1970 I was a young Ger­man am­a­teur photographer who went to Paris to learn French. There I got a con­tact with a model agency, who, I was told, had mod­els who would ac­cept prints as a form of pay­ment. So I con­tacted a model and we made some pho­to­graphs, but at the end she asked for her pay­ment. I ex­plained that the agency had told me I could pay a test model with prints. When she heard the phrase ‘test-model’ she got quite an­gry, but a call to the agency sorted it out. She gave me her ad­dress in Swe­den and I sent her a few pho­tos.

Most of my images back then were un­der­ex­posed so there were only a few I could show to friends. About 40 years later, a gallery owner saw the few prints I had, and suc­cess­fully sold some. Of­ten I was asked if I was still in touch with the model, but stupidly I’d lost her ad­dress, as well as for­got­ten her name. This both­ered me, as all I wanted to do was say ‘thank you’ to her. I wrote an email with some of her images and sent it to some model agen­cies in Paris, hop­ing some­one in the busi­ness back in 1970 might re­mem­ber her. But not one an­swer came.

Re­cently I saw a film about Di­ana Vree­land, which fea­tured the photographer David Bai­ley. Sud­denly, I saw a ray of hope – maybe Bai­ley knows her name? The lady must be be­tween 60 and 70 years old now, so I won­dered if you could pass on my let­ter. Wolf­gang Kle­ber What an in­ter­est­ing story, Wolf­gang, and your images are won­der­fully evoca­tive of a lost age. We’ll pass this on to Bai­ley’s peo­ple, and who knows, the mys­tery model may even be an AP reader (or an­other reader might recog­nise her). Good luck – Ge­off Har­ris, deputy ed­i­tor

Wolf­gang took this photo in 1970; he would like to lo­cate the model in the pic­ture

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