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Self-Portrait in Mirrors, Paris

Photography
photograph
Self-Portrait in Mirrors, Paris

Artwork Details

Artist/Maker

Ilse Bing
American, born Germany, 1899–1998

Date

1931, printed ca. 1941

Medium

Gelatin silver print

Accession #

1987.143

Dimensions

7 5/8 x 8 3/4 inches

Location

On View - Wieland Pavilion, Lower Level, Gallery 100

Description

Bing’s photographs document the early twentieth-century “new woman,” a type who was no longer confined to the domestic sphere typical of past generations but engaged freely in the changing urban landscapes in Europe and the United States.

In this multifaceted 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 subject as well as a spectator.

Credit

Purchase with funds from Georgia-Pacific Corporation

Image Copyright

(C) Estate of Ilse Bing