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Photograph - Paris, man reading paper, Tuilleries

Paris, man reading paper, Tuilleries

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Paris (photographed)

  • Date:

    1931 (photographed)
    1980s (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 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. This photograph was taken when Bing was relatively new to the city and was completing many magazine assignments. It shows the influence of Bing’s contemporary, the photographer André Kertész who was also living in Paris at that time. Kertész also took documentary images of everyday life. In this photograph, the chairs behind the main subject almost take on human form. Bing also photographed chairs in isolation, influenced by the Surrealist movement.

Physical description

This gelatin silver print shows a man dressed in black, wearing a bowler hat, long coat with an umbrella. Sitting in the foreground of the image, reading a newspaper, accompanied by five empty chairs. Two female seated figures can be seen in the background.

Place of Origin

Paris (photographed)


1931 (photographed)
1980s (printed)


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

Materials and Techniques

Gelatin-silver print

Marks and inscriptions

'ILSE BING 1931'
Artist's signature, black ink, bottom right of image


Height: 26.5 cm image, Width: 30.9 cm image, Height: 27.9 cm sheet, Width: 35.4 cm sheet

Descriptive line

Paris, man reading paper, Tuilleries, photograph by Ilse Bing, 1931, printed later

Production Note

Probably printed 1980s

Subjects depicted

Chairs; Newspaper




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