German Photo Book Award NOMINATED 2016
One Eyeland Photography Awards 2015 SILVER

Lisl Steiner
27 x 27 cm
224 pages, 211 photos
English, German 
Hardcover, bound in linen,
„French Fold“-jacket
ISBN 978-3-901753-98-5
October 2015


“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 traveller, she sketches, she is a poet, muse to some. At the age of 88 she became a YouTube hit 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 colourful to the maximum. In one word: EXTRAORDINARY.


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.