photographers Bing, Ilse (D/USA)

artwork infocusgalerie burkhard arnold

  • Ilse Bing, selfportrait, 1931
  • Ilse Bing, selfportrait, 1931

    Ilse Bing, silvergelatine print 1931, printed 1988, 11 x 14 in (28 x 35 cm), signed and dated in front and on verso.

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  • Ilse Bing, Eiffel Tower, 1934
  • Ilse Bing, Eiffel Tower, 1934

    Ilse Bing, silvergelatine print, 1934 printed in 1983, 11 x 14 in (28 x 35 cm), signed and dated in ink on the front and with pencil on verso.



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  • Ilse Bing, Eiffeltower construction, 1931
  • Ilse Bing, Eiffeltower construction, 1931

    Ilse Bing, silvergelatine print, 1931 printed in 1994, 11 x 14 in (28 x 35 cm), signed and dated in ink on the front and with pencil on verso, titled.



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  • Ilse Bing, All Paris in a box, 1952
  • Ilse Bing, All Paris in a box, 1952

    Ilse Bing, silvergelatine print, 1952 printed in 1994, 11 x 14 in (28 x 35 cm), signed and dated in ink on the front and with pencil on verso, titled.

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  • Ilse Bing, Round Point des Champ Elysé, 1934
  • Ilse Bing, Round Point des Champ Elysé, 1934

    Ilse Bing, Round Point des Champ Elysée, solarized negative, silvergelatine print, 1934 printed in 1988, 11 x 14 in (28 x 35 cm), signed and dated in ink on the front and with pencil on verso, titled.

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  • Bing, Ilse, Cheval de Marly, Paris, 1934
  • Bing, Ilse, Cheval de Marly, Paris, 1934

    Ilse Bing, Cheval de Marly, Paris 1934 printed in 90ties, silvergelatine, solarized negative, 11 x 14 in (28 x 35 cm), signed in fron and signed, dated on verso.

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  • Ilse Bing, Avenue de Maine, Paris, 1932
  • Ilse Bing, Avenue de Maine, Paris, 1932

    Ilse Bing, Avenue de Maine, Paris, silvergelatine print, 1932 printed in 1987, 11 x 14 in (28 x 35 cm), signed and dated in front and on verso.

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  • Bing, Ilse, Pont Trocadero III, 1932
  • Bing, Ilse, Pont Trocadero III, 1932

    Ilse Bing, Pont Alexandre III, Trocadero - Eiffeltower, Paris 1932 printed in 1993, silvergelatine, 11 x 14 in (28 x 35 cm), signed in fron and signed, dated on verso.

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  • Bing, Ilse, Laban School, 1929
  • Bing, Ilse, Laban School, 1929

    Ilse Bing, Laban School, Frankfurt 1929 printed in 1986, silvergelatine, (24 x 12,5 cm), signed in fron and signed, dated on verso.

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biography infocusgalerie burkhard arnold

Ilse Bing (1899-1998), (prices for later prints: 2000 € - 3800 €)

American, was born in 1899 in Frankfurt, Germany. She studied art history and mathematics at the universities of Frankfurt and Vienna in the late 1920s. In order to finish her dissertation, she bought a Leica camera and taught herself photography; she fell in love with the art form and by 1930 she was living in Paris and working as a freelance photographer. Along with her assignments, she was also exhibiting her work in important shows and galleries.
Throughout the 1930s, Bing supported herself in Paris through commercial photography. She won a reputation as a photojournalist and fashion photographer and regularly exhibited her work. Her photographs were also promoted in the USA and several were exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art in New York in 1937.
During the Second World War, however, Bing had to leave France. She moved to the USA, but as one of many émigré European photographers, found it hard to gain commissions. Eventually she gave up photography in favour of drawing and poetry.

Bing was never afraid to experiment and try new techniques and she did so throughout her career. She was one of the first to solely use a small format camera (Leica) in the 1930s and in 1948 she was one of the few using a Rollieflex 2 1/4-inch negative. She was among the first to use electronic flash, solarize her negatives, and to photograph extensively at night. In 1957 she stopped doing black and white photography and developed and printed her own color work. Then in 1959 she abandoned photography all together and concentrated on painting, poetry and collages. In 1976 she published Numbers in Images and is rediscovered as a photographer by the Museum of Modern Art of New York. In 1982 she published Women from Childhood to Old Age. Her work is in such collections as the San Francisco Museum of Fine Art, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Chicago Art Institute.

The photographs in this display were mainly taken at the height of Bing's career. They include examples of her early work in Frankfurt as well as some of her finest pieces from the 1930s. Selected from a group of about 20 photographs which were printed in the 1980s and 1990s in response to a revival of interest in Bing's work. All signed, dated and titled.

shows infocusgalerie burkhard arnold

Ilse Bing , shows after her death in 1998

2005

- Ilse Bing, Andre Kertesz and the Paris Avant Garde, Edwynn Houk Gallery, New York
- Taking Place: Photographs from the Prentice and Paul Sack Collection , SFMOMA San Francisco
Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, USA
- Certain Disagreeable Realities , Alan Koppel Gallery, Chicago, USA
- EXPLORE ­ mehr als 15 Fotografen aus 15 Jahren , in focus Galerie, Köln, D

2004
- Die Kunst zu fliegen - In Film und Fotografie , NRW-Forum Kultur und Wirtschaft, Düsseldorf, D

2003
- Working Nine to Five: Vintage Photographs of People at Work, Lee Gallery, Winchester, MA
- "Vintage Photographs of NYC from the 1930s and 1940s", Lee Gallery, Winchester, MA

2002
- ›Große Lichtbildner des 20. Jahrhunderts‹, Paris 1930-1970 mit Ilse Bing , Frank Horvat , Willy Ronis , Edouard Boubat, in focus Galerie, Köln, D

2000
- Ilse Bing - A grand old lady´s vision, Galerie zur Stockeregg, Zürich

1999
Modern Women - Dora Maar & Ilse Bing, Stephen Daiter Gallery, Chicago, IL

1998
Images from the Machine Age, International Center of Photography, New York, NY

bibliography infocusgalerie burkhard arnold

- Ilse Bing: Femmes, de l'enfance à la vieillesse, 1929-1955
- Ilse Bing: Three Decades of Photography, by Nancy Barrett, December 1985
Numbers in images: Illuminations of numerical meanings by Ilse Bing
- Ilse Bing: PARIS 1931 - 52, Musée Carnvalet Paris, 1987
- Ilse Bing: Fotografien 1929-1956: Suermondt-Ludwig-Museum Aachen, 13. April-9. Juni 1996
- Ilse Bing: Paris 2004 Calendar
- Ilse Bing: Photography Through the Looking Glass
by Larisa Dryansky, Edwynn Houk (Hardcover - March 1, 2006)