Ilse Bing - Chair, Luxembourg
Ilse Bing
Chair, Luxembourg
Silver Gelatin Photograph
1952
9 3/4 x 10 1/4 inches

Signed and dated upper left

Ilse Bing - Chairs, Paris, Champs Elysses
Ilse Bing
Chairs, Paris, Champs Elysses
Silver Gelatin Photograph
1931
10 3/8 x 13 3/8 inches

Signed and dated on lower right

Ilse Bing - Brissago
Ilse Bing
Brissago
Silver Gelatin Photograph
1934
13 1/4 x 10 3/8 inches

Signed, titled and dated on lower left

Ilse Bing - Rue de Valois
Ilse Bing
Rue de Valois
Silver Gelatin Photograph
1932
13 3/8 x 10 1/2 inches

Signed, titled, dated, lower left

Ilse Bing - Street Scene From Above
Ilse Bing
Street Scene From Above
Silver Gelatin Photograph
1931
9 7/8 x 13 inches

Signed and dated on verso

Ilse Bing - Self-Portrait
Ilse Bing
Self-Portrait
Silver Gelatin Photograph
1931
13 3/8 x 9 1/2 inches

Signed and dated upper left

Ilse Bing - Pont des Arts, Paris
Ilse Bing
Pont des Arts, Paris
Silver Gelatin Photograph
1931
8 3/4 x 13 1/2 inches

Signed and dated lower right

Ilse Bing - Hot Dog Vendor, NYC
Ilse Bing
Hot Dog Vendor, NYC
Silver Gelatin Photograph
1936, printed c. 1936
11 1/8 x 8 7/8 inches, mounted on 16 1/2 x 14 inches board

Signed and dated on print's recto.

Ilse Bing - Baronne Van Zuilen
Ilse Bing
Baronne Van Zuilen
Silver Gelatin Photograph
1943
12 7/8 x 9 1/4 inches

Signed and dated on upper right

Ilse Bing - Patrice Avec Bateau
Ilse Bing
Patrice Avec Bateau
Silver Gelatin Photograph
1952
11 x 14 inches

Signed, titled and dated in pencil and ink on verso. Signed and dated in ink on recto.

Ilse Bing - Greta Garbo Poster
Ilse Bing
Greta Garbo Poster
Silver Gelatin Photograph
1932
10 1/8 x 13 1/8 inches

Signed on verso.

Ilse Bing - Rond Point de Champs Elysees, Paris
Ilse Bing
Rond Point de Champs Elysees, Paris
Silver Gelatin Photograph
1934
13 x 10 1/8 inches

Signed and dated lower left

Ilse Bing - Paris, 1934
Ilse Bing
Paris, 1934
Silver Gelatin Photograph
1934, Printed 1983
8 1/2 x 13 1/2 inches

Signed and dated upper right

Ilse Bing - Last Bastille Day Before the War
Ilse Bing
Last Bastille Day Before the War
Silver Gelatin Photograph
1939
9 1/4 x 13 1/4 inches

Signed and dated on lower left

Ilse Bing - Orchestra Pit, Theatre des Champs Elysees
Ilse Bing
Orchestra Pit, Theatre des Champs Elysees
Silver Gelatin Photograph
1933
7 1/2 x 12 7/8 inches

Signed and dated on upper left

Ilse Bing was born and raised in Frankfurt, Germany. She moved to Paris in 1930 and experienced her greatest achievements in photography while living in the City of Lights. There, she was immersed in the flourishing art world and experimentation of the period, surrounded by artists like Man Ray, Laszlo Moholy-Nagy, and Henri Cartier-Bresson.

Bing’s images of Paris were often “unconventional” along the same lines as Man Ray’s images. She used an experimental technique called “solarisation” of negatives, which reverses or alters the roles of dark and light tones. The effects of such techniques made for abstract images. Yet, Bing also frequently captured Paris in a more traditional, “straight-photography” style. She achieved success for her work early on. She was featured in the Louvre’s first contemporary art exhibition of 1936. Art critic Emmanuel Sougez, titled Bing, "Queen of the Leica.”

With the outbreak of World War II in Europe, Bing and her husband, Konrad Wolff, an orchestra conductor, endured a troubling time. They were separated for over a month when they were forced into different internment camps. Bing was able to rejoin her husband in Marseille, but the two knew they had to leave Europe. They were fortunate to receive visas with the help of the fashion editor at Harper’s Bazaar, a former employer of Bing.

After she moved to New York City, Bing continued photography through the 1940s. However, after the 1950’s, she took a long break from her craft and moved onto others like writing and drawing. She finally reignited her interest in photography in 1976, when she showed her work for the first time in 17 years at the Lee Witkin Gallery in New York. After her death in 1998, five major museums acquired the pictures in her estate.

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