Skip to Content
Closed now, next open tomorrow. Closed now, next open tomorrow.

Three Men Sitting on Steps at the Seine, Paris

A work made of gelatin silver print.

Image actions

  • A work made of gelatin silver print.




Ilse Bing
American, born Germany, 1899–1998

About this artwork

A former doctoral student of art history in her native Frankfurt, Ilse Bing learned to photograph on her own and established herself as a leading photographer in Paris in the 1930s, contributing fashion, architecture, and social documentary images to emerging French picture magazines. Bing’s facility with a small, handheld camera eventually earned her the title Queen of the Leica, and she documented Parisian streets and inhabitants with furtive speed and at unexpected angles. The noted New York dealer Julien Levy introduced Bing’s work, including several views of Paris (possibly including this one), to an American audience in his landmark 1932 exhibition, Modern European Photography: Twenty Photographers. Here the skewed viewpoint and cropping change the scene from an urban idyll to a more dynamic slice of the city.


Currently Off View


Photography and Media


Ilse Bing


Three Men Sitting on Steps at the Seine, Paris


Frankfurt am Main (Artist's nationality:)

Date  Dates are not always precisely known, but the Art Institute strives to present this information as consistently and legibly as possible. Dates may be represented as a range that spans decades, centuries, dynasties, or periods and may include qualifiers such as c. (circa) or BCE.

Made 1931


Gelatin silver print


22.2 × 28.2 cm (8 3/4 × 11 1/8 in.)

Credit Line

Julien Levy Collection, Gift of Jean and Julien Levy

Reference Number


Extended information about this artwork

Object information is a work in progress and may be updated as new research findings emerge. To help improve this record, please email . Information about image downloads and licensing is available here.


Sign up for our enewsletter to receive updates.

Learn more

Image actions