Champ de Mars from the Eiffel Tower

1931 (printed 1950s)
(American, 1899–1998)
Image: 20.3 x 27.9 cm (8 x 11 in.)
© Estate of Ilse Bing
Location: not on view
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Ilse Bing was known as the “Queen of the Leica.”


Radical viewpoints—especially the worm’s- or bird’s-eye view—were a hallmark of 1920s and 1930s avant-garde imagery, reflecting a new attitude toward space spurred by recent technological innovations such as the skyscraper and the airplane. Bing was one of the first professionals to adopt the Leica, a lightweight, small 35 mm camera. It did not require a tripod and could easily be held at any angle, thus especially suited to this new way of seeing.
Champ de Mars from the Eiffel Tower

Champ de Mars from the Eiffel Tower

1931 (printed 1950s)

Ilse Bing

(American, 1899–1998)
America, 20th century


Ilse Bing: Queen of the Leica

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