Discussion Questions: Ilse Bing’s Chair and Dead Leaves, Luxembourg Gardens, Paris

Ilse Bing, Chair and Dead Leaves, Luxembourg Gardens, Paris, 1952; collection SFMOMA, bequest of Ilse Bing Wolff; © Estate of Ilse Bing

  1. What’s going on in this photograph? What do you see that makes you say that?
  2. Pretend you are inside this picture. What does it feel like? What do you hear, touch, or smell?
  3. When you hear the words autumn or fall, what comes to mind? Do you have a particular memory connected to that time of year? If so, what is that memory?
  4. If you were going to take a photograph to represent the current season, what would you show? Why?

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