HELENE STURDIVANT MAYNE PHOTOGRAPHY GALLERY

Ilsa Bing: Queen of the Leica
From the Collection of Suzanne Ciani

November 21, 2015 - January 3, 2016 / Curated by Jennifer Gately

 Ilse Bing, Self Portrait with Leica, Paris, 1931. Silver Gelatin Print, Courtesy of Dr. Stephen Shepard, New York

Ilse Bing, Self Portrait with Leica, Paris, 1931. Silver Gelatin Print, Courtesy of Dr. Stephen Shepard, New York

Celebrated in Paris in the 1930s as the Queen of the Leica, the German-born photographer Ilse Bing pioneered the use of the then new 35mm camera and played a key role in the history of avant-garde photography. A woman in a man’s world, she used this new technology in creative and innovative ways. The exhibition features important photographs drawn primarily from the collection of Bolinas resident and composer Suzanne Ciani, who became friends with Bing while living in New York and was greatly inspired by the artist’s vision and creative spirit.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gallery Talk

COMPOSER & COLLECTOR SUZANNE CIANI ON ILSE BING’S LIFE & WORK

Saturday, December 5 / 2 PM / Free

 

Forced into exile by the war, photography pioneer Ilse Bing relocated to New York where she retired her camera in 1959, yet remained actively engaged with a creative practice for the remainder of her life—writing poetry and creating collages and drawings inspired by her early studies in mathematics and physics. There she met composer and Grammy nominee Suzanne Ciani, a kindred spirit celebrated for her innovations in electronic music of the1970s. Deeply inspired by Ilse’s creative vision, Suzanne will discuss Bing’s career and share personal stories of Ilse as both friend and mentor.