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Self-Portrait

Photograph
1945 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place of origin

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.

In Paris Bing established herself as a freelance photographer, applying elements of her oblique, sober, experimental style to commercial photography, including photojournalism, architectural and theatrical photography, advertising, fashion and portraiture. Here, revisiting her earlier minimal self-portraits, Bing maintains a style of uncompromising self-scrutiny.

Object details

Categories
Object type
TitleSelf-Portrait (assigned by artist)
Materials and techniques
Gelatin-silver print
Brief description
Self portrait by Ilse Bing, photograph, gelatin-silver print, 1945
Physical description
Black and white portrait photograph of a middle-aged woman with short fringe, dark eyes and wearing a white shirt, looking intently out of the photograph.
Dimensions
  • Sheet width: 28cm
  • Sheet height: 35.3cm
  • Image width: 26.5cm
  • Image height: 34.2cm
Style
Marks and inscriptions
'Ilse Bing' (reverse in pencil, written by Bing)
Credit line
Bequeathed by Ilse Bing Wolff
Production
Possibly 1940s or 50s vintage print
Subject depicted
Summary
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.

In Paris Bing established herself as a freelance photographer, applying elements of her oblique, sober, experimental style to commercial photography, including photojournalism, architectural and theatrical photography, advertising, fashion and portraiture. Here, revisiting her earlier minimal self-portraits, Bing maintains a style of uncompromising self-scrutiny.
Collection
Accession number
E.3039-2004

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Record createdAugust 4, 2004
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