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Photograph - Paris, rue de Vaugirard

Paris, rue de Vaugirard

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Paris (photographed)

  • Date:

    1952 (photographed)
    1952 (printed)

  • Artist/Maker:

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

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Gelatin-silver print mounted on board

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by Ilse Bing Wolff

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

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

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. She moved to New York during the Second World War as a Jewish immigrant, and returned to Paris occasionally, where this photograph was taken. Bing had lived in Paris in the 1930s and was influenced at the time by the German New Photography, characterised by experimentation, light manipulation, stark angles and geometric shapes. Perhaps also influenced by the Surrealist movement, Bing liked to remove objects from their context, a strategy which gave her subject new characteristics. In this image, Bing focuses on steep perspectives and cropped details, creating the illusion of a extrodinarily large lamp-post in a tiny street and using light and shade to give stark contrasts.

Physical description

Black and white photograph of lamp-post at unusual angle, with Parisian street, rue de vaugirard, behind.

Place of Origin

Paris (photographed)


1952 (photographed)
1952 (printed)


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

Materials and Techniques

Gelatin-silver print mounted on board

Marks and inscriptions

Ilse Bing Wolff Estate's archival reference for the work assigned prior to acquisition by the V&A. Written on reverse of mount in pencil, bottom centre.

'ILSE BING/1952'
Written on reverse of mount by artist, in pencil

'ILSE BING/1952'
Written on bottom right of image in black ink.

lines in pen and pencil possibly to mark out different sized mount, on reverse.


Height: 49.8 cm image, Width: 40 cm image

Descriptive line

'Paris, rue de Vaurigard', photograph by Ilse Bing, gelatin-silver print mounted on board, 1952

Production Note

vintage print

Subjects depicted





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