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January 19, 2023

‘Humanist’ Photography: Sabine Weiss’ Gorgeous Pictures of Everyday Life From the 1940s to 1960s

Sabine Weiss (1924 – 2021) was a Swiss-French photographer active in the French humanist photography movement, along with other notable representatives including Robert Doisneau, Willy Ronis, Édouard Boubat, and Izis.

At eighteen years old, she decided to become a photographer and left her small town, Saint-Gingolph, on her bicycle for the capital, Geneva. Weiss studied and practiced photography under Frédéric Boissonnas, a studio photographer and Willy Maywald, a famous fashion photographer.

1st May, Paris, 1955.

In 1950, Sabine started her own career as an independent photographer and was hired in 1952 by Vogue as a photo reporter and fashion photographer until 1961. In the office of Vogue’s director, Robert Doisneau discovered her photographs and offered her to be part of the Rapho agency. She started travelling the world for newspapers and magazines such as Time, Life, Newsweek, and Paris-Match.

Weiss' personal work has always been essential, representing a perfect balance between poetry and social observation. With her keen eyes, she has been depicting the everyday life, the people, and their emotions.

Paris, 1948.

Pont Neuf, Paris, 1949.

Avenue des Champs Elysées, Paris, 1949.

Paris, 1950.

Boys in Madrid, Spain, 1950.

Facteur à Lyon, 1950.

Petit matin brumeux, Lyon, 1950.

Lyon, 1950.

Dijon, France, 1952.

Courses à Auteuil, Paris, 1952.

Amoureux Bois de Boulogne, Paris, 1952.

Felix Labisse, peintre-decorateur, Neuilly-sur-Seine, 1952.

Pont Mirabeau, Paris, 1953.

Paris, 1953.

L'homme qui court, Paris, 1953.

In a church, Italy, 1953.

Michel, 1954.

Messe, Portugal, 1954.

Paris, 1955.

I Am a Horse, Spain, 1954.

Photographer in London, 1954.

Paris, 14 juillet 1954.

Paris, 1954.

Feux de Bengale, Naples, 1954.

Amoureux place de la Republic, December 1954.

La sortie de métro, Paris, 1955.

1st May, Paris, 1955.

Paris, 1955.

New York, 1955.

New York, 1955.

New York, 1955.

Atlantic City, 1955.

Jardin du Luxembourg, Paris, 1956.

2 CV sous la pluie, Paris, 1957.

Athens, Greece, 1958.

Gitane, Pélerinage aux Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer, 1960.

Portrait of Anne-Marie Edvina, 1961.

Pennsylvania Station, New York, 1962.


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