Jul 8, 2021
Jul 8, 2021

Ilse Bing 1931 and 1986

Ilse Bing 1931 and 1986

1986, printed 2020

Abe Frajndlich

(American, b.1946)

Inkjet print

Image: 32 x 38 cm (12 5/8 x 14 15/16 in.); Paper: 40.4 x 50.6 cm (15 7/8 x 19 15/16 in.)

Gift of the Artist 2020.301


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This picture was made in 1931, 1986, and 2012.


In Ilse Bing’s original 1931 self-portrait, there is a paradox of time: we see a 32-year old Bing in the act of shooting the picture we view. In 1986, Abe Frajndlich had the artist, now 85 years old, pose in a similar set up and recreated her self-portrait, this time in color. In this 2012 composite version, Frajndlich digitally inserted the profile view of Bing from her 1931 self-portrait into his 1986 photograph. Since Bing’s 1931 photograph was a black-and-white image, Frajndlich translated his original from color to match it.

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Type of artwork: 
Inkjet print
Credit line: 
Gift of the Artist

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