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Suzanne Ciani on Ilse Bing's Life and Work

  • Bolinas Museum 48 Wharf Road Bolinas, CA, 94924 United States (map)
ILSE BING, Self Portait with Leica, Paris, 1931, Courtesy of Dr. Stephen Sheppard, New York

ILSE BING, Self Portait with Leica, Paris, 1931, Courtesy of Dr. Stephen Sheppard, New York

German-born photographer Ilse Bing was celebrated as the Queen of the Leica in Paris in the 1930s, as she pioneered the use of the then new 35mm camera and played a key role in the history of avant-garde photography.


Forced into exile by the war, 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.

Suzanne Ciani

Suzanne Ciani


In New York Bing met composer, musician and Grammy nominee Suzanne Ciani, a kindred spirit celebrated for her innovations in electronic music. The museum’s current exhibition of Bing’s work is primarily drawn from Ciani’s private collection.

For this gallery talk, Bolinas resident Suzanne Ciani will discuss Bing’s career and share personal stories of Ilse as both friend and inspiring mentor.

 2 PM /  Free / No reservations needed.