Sabine Weiss & Nathalie Boutté

22.06 – 29.09.2024

To celebrate the centenary of the birth of Sabine Weiss, Photo Elysée is presenting an exhibition devoted to the photographer who passed away in 2021, and has invited visual artist Nathalie Boutté (France, 1967) to dialogue with her photographs. Whereas Sabine Weiss built up her body of work by photographing the street and filling orders in her studio, Nathalie Boutté does not take photos but, instead, meticulously cuts out strips of paper on which she prints a text. She then recomposes the images from which she drew her inspiration by assembling the paper strips, thus recreating the work in volume. The images, consisting of strips that create gradations of gray when text is present – in this case, quotations from Sabine Weiss – are revealed as the viewer gradually moves away from them.  

By opening its archives to Nathalie Boutté, Photo Elysée reveals a little-known side of Sabine Weiss's career, in particular, her studio work. Established in Paris in 1946, the photographer, a major figure in humanist photography, was driven by an insatiable curiosity about her medium. The exhibition reveals some of the 200,000 negatives and 7,000 contact sheets that make up her collection, received in 2017.  

Photo Elysée boasts one of the world's largest collections dedicated to photography. It covers the entire history of the medium, from its invention in the 19th century to the digital technologies. At Photo Elysée, Sabine Weiss takes her place with other great names in photography, including René Burri, Leonard Freed, Henriette Grindat, Monique Jacot, Lehnert & Landrock and Ella Maillart.