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Weiss, Sabine (1924)

Born in Switzerland, Sabine Weiss definitely settles in Paris, in 1946 and becomes the fashion photographer, Willy Maywald’s assistant. In 1952, she signs a contract with Vogue while she enters Robert Doisneau’s agency, Rapho. Recognized for her black and white images that privilege clear compositions and contrasting tones, the photographer not only produces fashion photography and celebrity portraiture, she also develops a humanist aesthetic that can depict life’s charm with profoundness, and adversities with grace from Alberto Giacometti’s grave concentration to an Egyptian girl’s fantastic smile. ‘I don’t like things that are too bright but rather simplicity…I photography to preserve the ephemeral, to fix a coincidence, to keep an image of what is intended to disappear: gestures, attitudes, objects that are the evidences of our passing. The camera gathers them…’ When Edward Steichen chooses three of her photographs for the exhibition Family of Man, Sabine Weiss earns a major recognition that remains and has inspired a tribute by contemporary photographers, a hommage simply entitled ‘Dear Sabine’…

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Sabine Weiss, Little girl, little tree, Spain, 1981
Sabine Weiss, Little girl, little tree, Spain, 1981
Sabine Weiss, In the rain, Paris, 1957
Sabine Weiss, In the rain, Paris, 1957
Sabine Weiss, Bilboquet, La Concorde, Paris, 1950
Sabine Weiss, Bilboquet, La Concorde, Paris, 1950
Sabine Weiss, Paris, 1950
Sabine Weiss, Paris, 1950
Sabine Weiss, Tuileries Garden, 1952
Sabine Weiss, Tuileries Garden, 1952
Sabine Weiss, Snow, Paris, 1952
Sabine Weiss, Snow, Paris, 1952
Sabine Weiss, The photographer in London, 1954
Sabine Weiss, The photographer in London, 1954
Sabine Weiss, July, Paris, 1954
Sabine Weiss, July, Paris, 1954
Sabine Weiss, Brittany, 1954
Sabine Weiss, Brittany, 1954
Sabine Weiss, Paris, 1954
Sabine Weiss, Paris, 1954
Sabine Weiss, The Eiffel Towers dry, Paris, 1956
Sabine Weiss, The Eiffel Towers dry, Paris, 1956
Sabine Weiss, Naples, 1955
Sabine Weiss, Naples, 1955
Sabine Weiss, St. Lazare train station, Paris, 1949
Sabine Weiss, St. Lazare train station, Paris, 1949
Sabine Weiss, Paris, 1955
Sabine Weiss, Paris, 1955
Sabine Weiss, Luxembourg Garden, 1958
Sabine Weiss, Luxembourg Garden, 1958
Sabine Weiss, Sardinia, 1956
Sabine Weiss, Sardinia, 1956
Sabine Weiss, The Triporteur, Rue de la Paix, Paris, 1957
Sabine Weiss, The Triporteur, Rue de la Paix, Paris, 1957
Sabine Weiss, Guadeloupe, 1990
Sabine Weiss, Guadeloupe, 1990
Sabine Weiss, The Kiss, Portugal, 1998
Sabine Weiss, The Kiss, Portugal, 1998
Sabine Weiss, Hungary, 1982
Sabine Weiss, Hungary, 1982
Sabine Weiss, Corsica, 1956
Sabine Weiss, Corsica, 1956
Sabine Weiss, Race in Auteuil, 1952
Sabine Weiss, Race in Auteuil, 1952
Sabine Weiss, I'm a horse, Spain, 1954
Sabine Weiss, I'm a horse, Spain, 1954
Sabine Weiss, The Little Gypsy and Manitas de Plata, Saintes-Marie-de-la-Mer
Sabine Weiss, The Little Gypsy and Manitas de Plata, Saintes-Marie-de-la-Mer
Sabine Weiss, Paris, 1953
Sabine Weiss, Paris, 1953
Sabine Weiss, Small Foggy Morning, Lyon, 1950
Sabine Weiss, Small Foggy Morning, Lyon, 1950
Sabine Weiss, Porte de Vanves, Paris, 1951
Sabine Weiss, Porte de Vanves, Paris, 1951
Sabine Weiss, Giacometti, 1954
Sabine Weiss, Giacometti, 1954
Sabine Weiss, The Little Egyptian, 1983
Sabine Weiss, The Little Egyptian, 1983
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