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Photograph - Poster Henry VIII, Paris

Poster Henry VIII, Paris

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Paris (made)

  • Date:

    1934 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Bing, Ilse, born 1899 - died 1998 (photographer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Gelatin-silver print

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by Ilse Bing Wolff

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level F, case X, shelf 913, box F

Ilse Bing (1899-1998) was one of several leading women photographers in the inter-war period. Born into a Jewish family in Frankfurt, she initially pursued an academic career before moving to Paris in 1930 to concentrate on photography.

Bing’s modernist vision was not restricted just to clean planes and geometrical structures. Paris presented a complex urban scene that was modern yet also worn and weathered. As with contemporary Surrealist townscapes, the past broke through. The modernisation of the urban fabric cast light on the battered remains of an older place – the exhausted pomp of the Père Lachaise cemetery, or dark apartment blocks reflected in gutters. Her best images of Paris are informed by a chaotic layering of signs of disregarded culture, like the wasted potted plants in her study of a pavement or the abject torn posters on a wooden fence.

Physical description

Black and white photograph of torn posters on a wooden fence, mounted on original work book sheet.

Place of Origin

Paris (made)


1934 (made)


Bing, Ilse, born 1899 - died 1998 (photographer)

Materials and Techniques

Gelatin-silver print


Width: 42 cm sheet, Height: 34.9 cm sheet, Width: 28.3 cm image, Height: 20.4 cm image

Descriptive line

'Poster Henry VIII, Paris' photograph by Ilse Bing, 1934

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Kate Best and Sophie Leighton, 'Interwar Photography at the V&A: Modernism and More' in Apollo May 2006

Production Note

Vintage print

Subjects depicted

Posters; Fence




Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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