Sabine Weiss

Born in 1924 - Switzerland


Sabine Weiss was born in Saint Gingolph, a small Swiss town, in 1924. From a very early age her mother awakens her artistic side by making her visit art galleries and Romanesque churches. Her father, a chemist, loved to see her taking pictures, with the equipment of that time. At an early age, Sabine starts questioning herself about her future job, and she decides that since photography is what she loves doing, she will become a photographer.

From 1942 to 1945, it is at Boissonass in Geneva, home to a dynasty of photographers, for more than 80 years, that she makes an apprenticeship to become a photographer.

In 1945, Sabine Weiss lives in a workshop in Geneva but a year later she decides to leave everything and settle permanently in Paris. She knows that there will be no return. Having already a stable career, she becomes the assistant of Willy Maywald.

In 1949 she meets painter, Hugh Weiss, who soon becomes her husband. She leaves Maywald enriched with many new friendships and contacts made through him and begins a long and successful career. In 1952, her works include photographs from different topics; fashion, reportage and advertisement, she then meets Robert Doisneau from Vogue who notices the authenticity of her work and introduces her to the agency "Rapho", where she will work during several years.

In her free time, she likes immortalizing the depths of humanity. In recent years, Sabine Weiss is devoted entirely to exhibitions that reflect her humanist work and the particular sensibility of her work.

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Sélection des expositions :

2014-2015 , , Paris, Maison européenne de la photographie, « Déclics - 9 photographes en hommage à Sabine Weiss »
2012, Paris, Galerie Guillaume, « Le geste »
2011, Paris, Galerie Guillaume, « Toujours en mouvement ! »
2011, Issy-les-Moulineaux, Siège social de Johnson et Johnson, « Instants d’enfance »
2010, Moscou, Rétrospective fond culturel Katherina
2010, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris
2008, les Rencontres d'Arles
2008, exposition rétrospective à la Maison européenne de la photographie, Paris
2003, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris
2002, « Ronis, Doisneau, Weiss, les amoureux », Argenton, Bibliothèque nationale de France, musée d'Art moderne de la Ville de Paris, Centre Georges Pompidou
2002, « Les années 50 », vintages, Klotz-Simon Gallery, New York
2000, exposition collective au musée du Montparnasse, Paris
2000, « Poussettes, charettes et roulettes », musée français de la photographie, Bièvres
2000, « Les Hommes et leurs croyances » , Maison de Descartes, Amsterdam
1998, exposition au LAC, Saint-Pierre de la Réunion
1997, « La Réunion », avec Le Querrec et Sebastião Salgado, exposition iténérante à Londres et Moscou
1997, « Portraits d'artistes », Centre Culturel de Limoges
1996, « Lumière et Tendresse », Espace Photographique de Paris
1995, « La Bulgarie » , Maison des Photographes, Plovdiv
1995, « Les Femmes », musée Omar Rayo, Roldanillo
1994, exposition collective « Le Baiser », New York, Santa Monica, Tokyo
1994, exposition collective « Portrait of my Mother », Londres
1994, exposition collective « La Ville, la Nuit », Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris
1994, Port Washington, New York
1993, Galerie FNAC, Cergy-Pontoise
1993, Howard Greenberg Gallery, New York
1993, exposition collective « Chroniques comtemporaines », Hôtel des Invalides, Paris
1993, exposition collective « André Breton », Centre Georges-Pompidou, Paris
1992, exposition collective « Portrait d'une capitale » , musée Carnavalet, Paris
1991, exposition collective « Fès, ville des Photographes », Institut du monde arabe, Paris
1991, exposition collective « Alberto Giacometti », Centre Culturel Suisse, Paris
1989, Vision Gallery, San Francisco
1989, Fondation nationale de la photographie, Lyon
1988, CRAC de Vandœuvres, Nancy
1987, musée de l'Élysée , Lausanne
1987, musée Municipal de Grignan
1986, « Les habitants du Val de Marne », commande du FDAC, Créteil
1985, Galeries de la Fnac, « Les Enfants », France et Belgique (1985-1993)
1982, Catskill Center, New York
1981, musée Nicéphore-Niépce, Chalon-sur-Saône
1981, musée de la Photographie, Oslo
1980, Galerie Municipale de Lannion
1978, Centre Culturel de Châtillon
1963, exposition collective « Femmes Photographes », Studio 28, Paris
Family of Man » au Museum of Modern Art, New York
1954, Nebraska Art Center de Lincoln
1954, Bard College, Walker Art Center de Minneapolis
1954, Institut d'art de Chicago
1953, New York USA au Museum of Modern Art, « Post War European Photography », exposition collective

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