1929, printed 1991
Gelatin silver print
Image: 22.8 x 33.9 cm (9 x 13 3/8 in.); Paper: 28 x 35.3 cm (11 x 13 7/8 in.)
Gift of Michael Mattis and Judith Hochberg 2020.294
© Estate of Ilse Bing
The light weight and “miniature” size of the 35mm Leica used by Ilse Bing made it easy to hold at unusual angles.
Ilse Bing was the first professional photographer to wholeheartedly adopt the first widely available 35mm Leica camera. It was held up to the photographer’s eye to frame and shoot. Its light-sensitive film allowed it to capture motion, or even shoot while a railway car was in motion. Bing’s image displays a modernist aesthetic, which called for sharp focus, geometric compositions, and a neutral, gray palette.
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