Bing moved to Paris in 1930 and soon became known as the “Queen of the Leica” for her expertise at exploiting the hand-held 35mm camera’s ability to capture and transmit action. Here she responds to the odd, spectral beauty of the light emitted by a common gas lamp. In 1828 Paris became one of the first European cities to adopt gas street lighting, resurrecting its nickname “La Vielle-Lumière,” or “City of Light.” The sobriquet was first applied to Paris during the Age of Enlightment in the late seventeenth and eighteenth centuries due to its fame as a center of education and ideas.
Inscription: Hinged to album page. Inscribed in white ink on print, recto, URC: "Ilse Bing // 1934"; in pencil on album page, verso, C: "Ilse // Bing // 1934"; BR: "Bec degaz // Paris rue de la chaise // solarspiel Leica negative"; BC: "[1420-533-D11]
Artist's estate, New York
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Paris as Muse: Photography, 1840s – 1930s," January 27, 2014–May 4, 2014.