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Ilse Bing: Queen of the Leica

Presented by The Cleveland Museum of Art at The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland OH

Jun 30 2020
Oct 10 2020
Ilse Bing: Queen of the Leica

In 1929 Ilse Bing (1899–1998) acquired a Leica, a new small, lightweight camera that took 36 shots per roll of film. Its technical characteristics, revolutionary at the time, encouraged spontaneity, experimentation, and boldness.

The first professional to wholeheartedly adopt this 35mm single-lens camera, Bing was soon dubbed by a critic as the “Queen of the Leica” for the inventiveness and originality she brought to this innovative technology.

Bing, who was born and raised in Germany, developed a successful career in Paris in the 1930s as an avant-garde and fashion photographer. Daringly surreal even in her commercial work, she brought a fresh approach to fashion in assignments for Harper’s Bazaar and designers

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