Sabine. Hommage a la photographe Sabine Weiss
In anticipation of the Christmas Holidays, The Lumiere Brothers Center for Photography presents a solo exhibition of a Swiss-French photographer, Sabine Weiss. The exhibition is arranged to coincide with the 90th anniversary of Sabine Weiss’ birth that she celebrated this summer.
Most of the pictures featured at the exhibition were taken in France in the 1950s-80s. This period was crucial for the formation of Sabine’s individual style. Apart from French photographs, the Center presents shots taken during the photographer’s trips to Burma, Morocco, Portugal and Malta. The exhibition encompasses 50 silver gelatin prints provided by the artist.
Sabine Weiss was born in Saint-Gingolph, Switzerland. At the age of twelve, she became interested in photography and dreamed of becoming a professional photographer. Pursuing her dream, Sabine entered a photography school in Genève and after graduation moved to Paris. Charmed by the post-war capital of France, she became an assistant of the photographer Willy Maywald and started to take photographs herself of Parisian cafés, streets and people. In 1952, Sabine signed a nine-year contract with Vogue magazine and started collaborating with Parisian photo agency Rapho, where she was invited by Robert Doisneau. At that time, Sabine worked on commissions for European and American magazines (Time, Life, Newsweek, Paris Match) and a lot for advertising. But the real fame came when three of Sabine’s photographs were featured at the most celebrated photo-exhibition of all time The Family of Man in 1955 at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York.
Sabine Weiss ranks among the classics who transformed reportage photography into real art. Her humanistic approach with permanent focus on the man is evident. Nowadays, Sabine Weiss is one of the few women in reportage photography whose art combines everyday poetry with sharp social observation.
Sabine Weiss turned 90 in July 2014. The birthday celebration took place at the Maison Européenne de la Photographie. Within the framework of Photography Month 2014 in Paris Salon de la Photo held Sabine’s exhibition.
Sabine Weiss’ photographs are in the collections of Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), Metropolitan Museum, Chicago Institute of Art, Centre Georges Pompidou, European House of Photography, Kunsthaus Zurich, Lausanne Photography Museum. Weiss bears the title of the Officer of the French Order of Arts and Letters.