Sabine Weiss was born in 1924 in the small Swiss town of San Gingolf. As a child, Sabine begins to be seriously interested in photography and intends to become a professional photographer. She goes to realize her dream at a photo school in Geneva, and after graduation she moves to Paris. Weiss is fascinated by the post-war capital, settles down as an assistant to the photographer Willie Majvold and begins to take a lot of pictures herself. Her favorite photo subjects are Parisian cafes, streets and townspeople.
In 1952, Weiss signed a nine-year contract with Vogue magazine, and also began working with the Paris photo agency Rapho. She received an invitation to Rapho from Robert Duano himself, who was already famous at that time. At the same time, she takes pictures for European and American publications (Time, Life, Newsweek, Paris Match), takes a lot of ads photos. But the real glory for Weiss brought three photos that were included in the composition of the legendary exhibition of Edward Steichen "The Family of Man" (The Family of Man) and shown in 1955 at the Museum of Modern Art in New York (MoMA).
The name Sabine Weiss is among the classics, who in the 20th century brought reportage photography into art status. They combine a poetic attitude to everyday life and a subtle study of social processes. Sabine Weiss works are presented in the collections of the MoMA- Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Institute of Art in Chicago, the Georges Pompidou Center, the European House of Photography in Paris, the Kunsthaus in Zurich, the Museum of Photography in Lausanne and the Museum of Modern Art in Kyoto. Weiss is the officer of the French Order of Arts and Literature.