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Dewi Lewis Publishing : Ilse Bing


German photographer Ilse Bing (1899-1998) has secured her place as one of the major photographers of the 20th century. Her pioneering images during the inter-war era reveal a modern vision influenced by the impact of both the Bauhaus and Surrealism. Alongside her personal work she produced images in the fields of photojournalism, architectural photography, advertising and fashion, and her work was published in the major magazines of the period and exhibited in France and Germany. She moved from Frankfurt to Paris in 1931 but when the city was taken by the Germans during World War II she and her husband, who were both Jews, were expelled and interned in the South of France. They emigrated to New York in 1941 and she lived there until her death in 1998.

Since the 1970s when she first exhibited at MOMA, New York, there has been a burgeoning interest in her work and, more generally, in European photography of the 1920s and 1930s. As one of the key creative forces of the period Bing became a frequent speaker on the photography of that time and on the development of modern art.

This book, published in association with Fundacion MAPFRE, coincides with a comprehensive retrospective of her work being shown in Madrid by MAPFRE from September 2022 to January 2023. The book offers a chronological and thematic survey of her intense creative career and includes over 160 photographs as well as texts by leading experts Juan Vicente Aliaga, Benjamin Buchloh and Donna West Brett.


Ilse Bing
with texts by
Juan Vicente Aliaga
Benjamin Buchloh
And Donna West Brett

£45.00 quarter bound hardback
300mm x 240mm
296 pages,160 photographs
ISBN: 978-1-911306-88-7




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