Nov 21, 2019

Photogram with Hand, Scissors and Owl Cut-Outs

Photogram with Hand, Scissors and Owl Cut-Outs

1942, printed 1983

Ilse Bing

(American, 1899–1998)

Gelatin silver print

Image: 34.2 x 26.4 cm (13 7/16 x 10 3/8 in.); Paper: 34.2 x 26.4 cm (13 7/16 x 10 3/8 in.); Mounted: 50.7 x 40.4 cm (19 15/16 x 15 7/8 in.)

Gift of Michael Mattis and Judith Hochberg 2020.300


Did you know?

A photogram is a photographic image made without a camera.


Ilse Bing placed objects on photosensitive paper and exposed the grouping to light. Her hand and the scissors—the tools she used to create the impish forms—are self-referential symbols akin to earlier self-portraits that show her in the act of taking the photograph we see.

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