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Moving Railway

Photograph
1929 (made), after 1929 (printed)
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. She taught herself photography to illustrate her own writing on the German Neo-classical architect Friedrich Gilly. In 1929 she bought herself a Leica camera and turned her attention to the new architecture being built around her home town of Frankfurt. The Dutch Modernist architect Mart Stam commissioned her to record several of his ambitious and radical building projects. Dizzy angles, flat plains and strong shadows were all part of a contemporary language of art and design pioneered by both the ‘New Photography’ and the new architecture. In 1930 Bing moved to Paris to concentrate on photography.


object details
Category
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Gelatin-silver print
Brief Description
'Moving railway', photograph by Ilse Bing, 1929, gelatin-silver print, printed 1991
Physical Description
Black and white photograph of close-up of railway buffers
Dimensions
  • Sheet width: 35.4cm
  • Sheet height: 28cm
  • Image width: 34cm
  • Image height: 22.9cm
Style
Marks and Inscriptions
'Ilse Bing 1929 [1991] moving railway' (pencil on reverse in Bing's hand)
Credit line
Bequeathed by Ilse Bing Wolff
Subjects 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. She taught herself photography to illustrate her own writing on the German Neo-classical architect Friedrich Gilly. In 1929 she bought herself a Leica camera and turned her attention to the new architecture being built around her home town of Frankfurt. The Dutch Modernist architect Mart Stam commissioned her to record several of his ambitious and radical building projects. Dizzy angles, flat plains and strong shadows were all part of a contemporary language of art and design pioneered by both the ‘New Photography’ and the new architecture. In 1930 Bing moved to Paris to concentrate on photography.
Bibliographic Reference
Kennedy, Ian & Treuherz, Julian The Railway: Art in the Age of Steam, New Haven, Conn. ; London : Yale University Press, 2008
Collection
Accession Number
E.3035-2004

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