Sabine Weiss in her works
Sabine Weiss, “Une vie de photographe”, Le Kiosque – Espace Simone Veil, Vannes, from June 18 to September 6, 2020
Sabine Weiss belongs to what has been called the “French humanist school” alongside Robert Doisneau, Willy Ronis, Edouard Boubat, Brassaï and Izis.
Through photographs, films and documents, the exhibition shows the whole range of works of the woman who devoted herself to photography at a very early age.
In 1946, she left Geneva for Paris and became the assistant to the German photographer Willy Maywald, a specialist in fashion and portrait photography. After her marriage with the American painter Hugh Weiss she became a freelance photographer and met the post-war artists’ world.
So much so that she photographed many creators (painters, sculptors, musicians, writers) and joined the Rapho agency.
She’s getting recognized fast. Her work is exhibited and she works for New York Times Magazine, Life, Newsweek, Vogue, Paris Match, etc.
Until the beginning of the new millennium, it was continuously present in the international illustrated press and also for numerous institutions and brands for fashion reports, advertising and portraits of personalities and social subjects. She shows a lively and free look, sometimes tinged with melancholy.