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Photograph - Paris - Eiffel Tower - branches - lamp

Paris - Eiffel Tower - branches - lamp

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Paris (photographed)

  • Date:

    1933 (photographed)
    1993 (printed)

  • 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 H

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 had been commissioned to take photographs of the Eiffel Tower for Monde illustré in 1931 and was interested in the interaction of the metallic structure in a human context. Here she returns to the subject of the Eiffel Tower, positioning it through a modernist filter of steep perspectives and off-centre compositions.

Physical description

Black and white photograph of the Eiffel Tower viewed from below, with lamp at an angle on left and branches of a tree on right.

Place of Origin

Paris (photographed)


1933 (photographed)
1993 (printed)


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

Materials and Techniques

Gelatin-silver print

Marks and inscriptions

'ILSE/BING/1933/93/PARIS/Eiffel / tower-branches-lamp'
reverse in pencil, written by Bing

'ILSE BING 1933'
artist's signature, white ink, bottom right of image


Height: 35.3 cm sheet, Width: 28 cm sheet, Height: 33.9 cm image, Width: 26.8 cm image

Descriptive line

'Paris - Eiffel Tower - branches - lamp', by Ilse Bing (1899-1998), 1933, gelatin-silver print, printed 1993

Production Note

printed later




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