1942, printed 1983
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
© Estate of Ilse Bing
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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