New York, the Elevated, and Me, 1936. Ilse Bing (American, 1899–1998). Gelatin silver print; 18.8 x 28.2 cm. The Cleveland Museum of Art, John L. Severance Fund, 1989.386. © Estate of Ilse Bing
New York, the Elevated, and Me, 1936. Ilse Bing (American, 1899–1998). Gelatin silver print; 18.8 x 28.2 cm. The Cleveland Museum of Art, John L. Severance Fund, 1989.386. © Estate of Ilse Bing 

Ilse Bing: Queen of the Leica

07/03/2020 - 28/06/2020

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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.