Sabine Weiss

Born in 1924, in Switzerland, Sabine Weiss takes interest very soon in photography and decides to turn her passion into a job. During the war, she is an apprentice in the studio Boissonnas, in Geneva. After the armistice, she settles in Paris and works for a few years with Willy Maywald, who introduces her to the world of fashion and of the Parisian upper class. She quickly becomes an independent photographer, publishing her first reportage at the age of 21, and accumulating the publications in the illustrated press: Paris Match, The New York Times, Life, Picture Post or Die Woche. At the age of 29, she contributes to the exhibition “Post-War European Photography” at the New York MoMA and joins Rapho agency. One year later, the Art Institute of Chicago presents a solo show that will travel all around the United States. The following year, in 1955, three of her photographs appear in the exhibition “The Family of Man” at the New York MoMA. Today, Sabine Weiss is the last figure of the great tradition of humanist photography.


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