Ilse Bing

(American/German, 1899–1998)

avenue du maine by ilse bing

Ilse Bing

Avenue du Maine, 1932

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can can dancer, moulin rouge by ilse bing

Ilse Bing

CAN CAN DANCER, MOULIN ROUGE

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eiffel tower at night by ilse bing

Ilse Bing

EIFFEL TOWER AT NIGHT

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self portrait with leica by ilse bing

Ilse Bing

SELF PORTRAIT WITH LEICA

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self portrait with staccato, new york by ilse bing

Ilse Bing

SELF PORTRAIT WITH STACCATO, NEW YORK

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Biography

Timeline

1899
Born in Frankfurt, Germany to affluent bourgeois family
1920
Enrolled in the University of Frankfurt to study mathematics and physics, but soon changed to art history, eventually pursuing a doctoral degree
1928
To illustrate her dissertation on an architect, she took up photography and began using a 9x12c, Voigtlander plate camera. She eventually abandoned her dissertation to pursue a career as photographer
1929 - 1930
Her photographs were reproduced in photo-essays for Frankfurter Illustriete’s weekly supplement Das Illustriete Blatt
1929
Purchased a Leica camera
1930 - 1939
Her portraits, fashion and architectural studies were published in VU, Harper’s Bazaar, Le Monde, L’Illustration, Illustré, and Regards. Her work was included in the Groupe Annuel des Photographes at La Pleiade in 1931, 1932, 1933, and 1938 alongside that of Germaine Krull, André Kertesz, Florence Henri, Emmanuel Sougez, Man Ray, Henri Cartier-Bresson. Despite this she did not communicate or work closely with other photographers
1930
Moved to Paris
1932
New York gallerist Julien Levy included Bing’s work in his seminal exhibition
1934
Experimented with solarization (which she discovered independently of Man Ray) to create a dream-like night-time atmosphere of statuaries, lights, and water
1936
At the invitation of Carmel Snow she visited the US, where she met Alfred Stieglitz. This same year she had solo exhibitions at Galerie Chasseurs d’Images and Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris, France

Exhibitions

2007
Paris in Transition: Photographs from the National Gallery, National Gallery, Washington, D.C.
2005
Town and Country: Modern Life in America, Mead Art Museum, Amherst College, Amherst, USA
Ilse Bing: Queen of Leica, Victoria & Albert Museum, London, England (solo)
2004
French Photography of the1930s and 1940s, Zabriskie Gallery, New York, USA
My America: Art from the Jewish Museum Collection, 1900- 1955, Jewish Museum, New York, USA; traveled: Memorial Art Museum, Rochester University, Rochester, USA
1999
Insight: Women’s Photographs From the Collection of the George Eastman House, Johnson Museum of Art at Cornell University, Ithaca, USA
1998
Ilse Bing, Edwynn Houk, New York, USA (solo)
1996
History of Women Photographers, New York Public Library, New York, USA
Ilse Bing: Fotografien 1929-1956, Suermondt-Ludwig Museum, Aachen, Germany (solo)
1994
Ilse Bing: Moulin Rouge, Paris, 1931, Houk Friedman, New York, USA (solo)
Ilse Bing: Vintage Photographs, Galerie Zur Stockeregg, Zurich, Switzerland (solo)
1992
Ilse Bing: Frankfurt, Paris, New York, Houk Friedman, New York, USA (solo)
1989
The New Vision: Photography Between the World Wars, Ford Motor Company Collection, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, USA
Ilse Bing: Germany, Paris, New York, Edwynn Houk Gallery, Chicago, USA (solo)

Literature

Ilse Bing: Through the Looking Glass. Larisa Dryansky. Photographs edited by Edwynn Houk: Abrams, New York, 2006
Photographers Encyclopedia International, 1839 to the present, A-K. Michele and Michel Auer. Editions Camera Obscura: Hermance, Switzerland, 1985
Ilse Bing: Three Decades of Photography. Nancy C. Barrett. New Orleans Museum of Art. 1985
Ilse Bing: Vision of a Century. Edwynn Houk Gallery: New York, NY, 1998
Ilse Bing: Paris 1931-1952. Françoise Reynaud, Bernard de Montgolfier. 1987. Paris Musées, Muse Carnalvalet.