Ilse BING, Eiffel Tower, Paris Enlarge 1 /1


Germany 1899 – United States of America 1998

  • France 1930-1941 United States from 1941

Eiffel Tower, Paris 1931 Materials & Technique: photographs, gelatin silver photograph

Primary Insc: Signed and dated recto, l.r., pen and ink "Ilse Bing/ 1931"
Dimensions: printed image 22.3 h x 28.2 w cm sheet 22.3 h x 28.2 w cm mount 35.0 h x 41.8 w cm
Acknowledgement: Purchased 1989
Accession No: NGA 89.476

Bing took up photography in 1928 and quickly developed a reputation as a photojournalist and photographer of modernist architecture. Inspired by an exhibition of modern photography and the work of Paris-based photographer Florence Henri, Bing moved to Paris 1930 and quickly became associated with the city’s photographic avant-garde. Bing worked exclusively with the fledgling Leica 35mm-format camera; her interest in the pictorial possibilities of the hand-held Leica can clearly be seen in this striking view of the Eiffel Tower.

Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra