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Self-Portrait in Mirrors, Paris


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Self-Portrait in Mirrors, Paris

Artwork Details


Ilse Bing
American, born Germany, 1899–1998


1931, printed ca. 1941


Gelatin silver print

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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.


Purchase with funds from Georgia-Pacific Corporation

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(C) Estate of Ilse Bing