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Street Cleaners

Street Cleaners


Ilse Bing

(American, 1899–1998)

Gelatin silver print

Image: 32.5 x 26.7 cm (12 13/16 x 10 1/2 in.); Paper: 35.2 x 27.7 cm (13 7/8 x 10 7/8 in.); Matted: 61 x 50.8 cm (24 x 20 in.)

Gift of David Raymond 2009.477



Compared to New York’s skyscrapers, Paris was still a low-rise city. But this "bird’s-eye" view from the top floor of an apartment building provided sufficient height to allow the imagination to turn shadows, patches, and crosswalks into lines in an abstract geometric composition. An art history doctoral student in Frankfurt, Bing learned photography to illustrate her dissertation on architecture. Moving to Paris in 1930, she developed a successful photographic practice combining commercial and fine art photography. By the end of the decade, her photographs had been shown at the Louvre and New York’s Museum of Modern Art.

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Gift of David Raymond

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