For several years Sabine Weiss has been recognized and honored as the last representative of the French humanist school. Yet few people are aware of the richness and diversity of her work, preserved intact in the studio-house where she has lived since 1949, and whose treasures she is only now beginning to unveil. Describing herself as a photographer-artisan and witness rather than an artist, the 96-year-old has built a true photographic monument in a free and independent spirit. This unprecedented retrospective in the recently restored chapel of the Museon Arlaten highlights the main features of his work, constantly attuned to human beings, as well as various aspects of the photographer’s profession, from reportage to illustration, fashion, advertising, portraits, and personal work.
Sabine Weiss has approached every area of photography as a challenge, a pretext for encounters and travels, a lifestyle, and a means of self-expression. The exhibition reflects this lifelong passion with a new selection of images, films, and personal documents.
Sabine Weiss received the Women In Motion Award for Photography 2020, Awarded by Kering and The Rencontres d’Arles for entire career. With The support of the Swiss Confederation and Pro Helvetia, Swiss Foundation for Culture.
The exhibition is accompanied by a catalog published by Actes Sud that are both curated by Virginie Chardin.
About the Author
Sabine Weiss, born in 1924, has made a major contribution to the current of French humanist photography, which brings together photographers such as Robert Doisneau, Willy Ronis or Brassaï.
A professional photographer, she has tackled all areas of photography during her long career. The taste for encounters, concern for technique, and a keen and constant curiosity for observing people – anonymous or public figures – in their environment appear as the common threads of prolific work.
Sabine Weiss: A PHOTOGRAPHER’S LIFE
CHAPELLE DU MUSEON ARLATEN – MUSÉE DE PROVENCE
4 JULY – 26 SEPTEMBER 2021