Gelatin silver print
Image: 16.8 x 16.2 cm (6 5/8 x 6 3/8 in.); Paper: 17.7 x 17.1 cm (6 15/16 x 6 3/4 in.); Matted: 50.8 x 40.6 cm (20 x 16 in.)
John L. Severance Fund 1994.91
In the late 1920s, Ellen Auerbach and Grete Stern both studied in Berlin at the Bauhaus School of Art before establishing a commercial photographic studio, ringl + pit (named for their childhood nicknames: ringl [Stern] and pit [Auerbach]). Although only a marginal commercial success, their business—which lasted three years—specialized in advertising and portrait photography. Their collaboration produced photographs that differed significantly from accepted advertising conventions for depicting women. In this image, the photographers made ingenious use of a mirror to provide product information from an unusual viewpoint and to create a striking work of art.
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