Ilse Bing was one of several leading European women photographers of the inter-war period. Her exclusive use of the most advanced cameras, the Leica, and her rapid success as a photographer earned her the title 'Queen of the Leica'.
Ilse Bing: Working Methods
Like many photographers of the 1930s, Ilse Bing was self-taught in terms of technique and composition. Photography attracted her as a new visual language appropriate to the modern age and she rapidly developed an idiosyncratic style and a high degree of technical expertise. She was one of the first photographers to adopt the revolutionary small-format Leica camera, and in Paris in the early 1930s she was one of the few to make exclusive use of it.