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    Artist Name:

    Ilse Bing

    Nationality & Life Dates:

    American, born Germany, 1899–1998


    Self-Portrait in Mirrors, Paris


    1931, printed ca. 1941


    Gelatin silver print


    7 5/8 x 8 3/4 inches

    Credit Line:

    Purchase with funds from Georgia-Pacific Corporation

    Accession Number:


    On View - Stent Family Wing, Skyway Level, Gallery 401
    Dubbed the “Queen of the Leica,” Ilse Bing was one of the early users of the portable 35-mm camera. Influenced by French photographers of the time, especially Paris-based Swiss photographer Florence Henri, Bing was interested in geometric patterns, the idea of modernity, abstract forms, and a sense of adventure in her photography. In this self-portrait, Bing plays with the concept of fragmented identity through her multiple reflections. The sharp focus on her mirrored profile draws attention away from her forward-pointing lens, allowing the viewer to feel like a spectator as well as a subject.

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