Ilse Bing

American, 1899–1998

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Ilse Bing

American, 1899–1998

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Once dubbed “Queen of the Leica,” Ilse Bing is among the foremost avant-garde photographers of the 20th century, whose portfolio of black-and-white and color prints encompasses scenes of urban architecture, street life, still lifes, portraits, commissioned photo essays, and advertisements—all shot with an eye for the unexpected detail, the unusual angle and vantage point, and a keen sense of composition and form. Trained as an art historian, she took up photography in 1929, and moved to Paris in 1930, where she embraced the radical approach of the New Photography movement, shooting scenes of urban life for her personal practice and on assignment for the top publications of the time. Her career was interrupted by the outbreak of WWII. In 1941, Bing moved to New York, where she eventually gave up photography to pursue poetry, drawing, and collage.

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The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 2 more
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Biography

Once dubbed “Queen of the Leica,” Ilse Bing is among the foremost avant-garde photographers of the 20th century, whose portfolio of black-and-white and color prints encompasses scenes of urban architecture, street life, still lifes, portraits, commissioned photo essays, and advertisements—all shot with an eye for the unexpected detail, the unusual angle and vantage point, and a keen sense of composition and form. Trained as an art historian, she took up photography in 1929, and moved to Paris in 1930, where she embraced the radical approach of the New Photography movement, shooting scenes of urban life for her personal practice and on assignment for the top publications of the time. Her career was interrupted by the outbreak of WWII. In 1941, Bing moved to New York, where she eventually gave up photography to pursue poetry, drawing, and collage.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
User
Solo show at a major institution
International Center of Photography (ICP)
Group
Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 2 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 1 more
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum
Articles Featuring Ilse Bing
10 Photographers Who Captured the Romance of Paris, from Brassaï to Cartier-Bresson
Mar 21st, 2016
11 Women Photographers Who Shaped the Medium
Nov 19th, 2015
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