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Ferry Dock, New York

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    New York (City) (photographed)

  • Date:

    1936 (photographed)

  • Artist/Maker:

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

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Gelatin-silver print on Agfa-Brovira paper

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by Ilse Bing Wolff

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

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

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.

This photograph was taken during a trip to New York organised by the author Hendrik Willem Van Loon, who supported Bing and facilitated a solo show at the June Rhodes Gallery in 1936. Bing was well-received and met the photographer Alfred Stieglitz (1864-1946), who introduced ‘a new world’ to her. The starkness of this composition contrasts to her warm feelings about New York at this time. The off-centre composition and concentration on geometric shapes is typical in Bing’s work of this period.

Physical description

Barren street view with a lamp-post and young tree vertically placed in the centre of the composition.

Place of Origin

New York (City) (photographed)


1936 (photographed)


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

Materials and Techniques

Gelatin-silver print on Agfa-Brovira paper

Marks and inscriptions

reverse in pencil. Ilse Bing Wolff Estate's archival reference for the work assigned prior to acquisition by the V&A.

'ILSE BING 1936'
Written by Bing in black ink on bottom left of image.

'ILSE BING 1936'
artist's signature, black ink, bottom left of image


Height: 28.1 cm, Width: 21.5 cm

Descriptive line

'Ferry Dock, New York', 1936, vintage photograph by Ilse Bing (1899-1998)

Subjects depicted





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