Inscription: Photographers' stamp on print, verso, C: "FOTOGRAFIE // ringl // + pit"; inscribed and signed in pencil on print, verso, C: "#8 // Studio Ringl and Pit // Grete Stern Ellen Auerbach"; inscribed in pencil on print, verso, UC; UR; LL; LR: "#8"; "VI"; "vintage print"; "Petrol Hahn [sic] // Adv."; marked in pencil on tape affixed to print, verso, UC: [arrow pointing toward upper edge]
[Sander Gallery]; John C. Waddell, July 31, 1984
Ringl and Pit were the childhood nicknames of Grete Stern ("Ringl") and Ellen Auerbach ("Pit"). The print of this image reproduced in both Avant-Garde Photography 1919-1939 and Bertonati, Das experimentelle Photo, is signed and dated "Grete Stern 1928," but written sources report that Ringl + Pit opened their Berlin studio some time in 1930 or 1931 (Avant-Garde Photography, pp. 32, 53; Fotografie am Bauhaus, Berlin: Bauhaus-Archiv, 1990, p. 355). See Christopher Phillips' preparatory notes on mannequin as one of many objects collected by Auerbach and Stern for use in their advertising photos and on hand as belonging to Stern.