Sabine Weiss

A photographer’s life
04.07 – 26.09.2021 Les Rencontres de la photographie d'Arles, Arles, France
11.03 – 01.11.2022 La Casa dei Tre Oci, Venice, Italy
18.11.2022 – 12.03.2023 Palazzo Ducale, Genoa, Italy
28.04 – 11.06.2023 Festival Fotografia Europea, Reggio Emilia, Italy

After a first edition presented in Arles in 2021, then in Venice and Genoa in 2022, the retrospective Sabine Weiss. A photographer's life continues its journey in Reggio Emilia as part of the Festival Fotografia Europea.

Sabine Weiss (1924-2021) is one of the key representatives of the post-war movement that is usually referred to in France as "humanist photography" and which includes photographers such as Robert Doisneau, Willy Ronis or Edouard Boubat. Reportage, illustration, fashion, advertising, artist portraits as well as her own personal work: Sabine Weiss approached all areas of photography as a challenge, a pretext for meeting and travelling, a way of life and a means of self-expression.

The retrospective titled Sabine Weiss. A photographer’s life, to which she contributed up until her last breath, bears witness to the passion of a lifetime and highlights the dominant elements of a way of working in constant empathy with the human being. Through 130 original prints, 50 archive documents and three film excerpts, the artist outlines an approach to photography inspired by an insatiable curiosity for others, both in France, where she settled in 1946, as well as in almost all European countries (including Italy, Spain, Portugal, Greece, Germany, Austria, England, Denmark, Malta and Hungary), the United States and Asia, where she continued to travel right up until the end of her life.

"Light, gesture, look, movement, silence, tension, rest, rigor, relaxation. I would like to incorporate everything in this moment so that the essential of the man is expressed with a minimum of means." Sabine Weiss



Virginie Chardin


An exhibition produced by the Atelier Sabine Weiss and Photo Elysée, with the support of the Rencontres de la photographie d'Arles and the Jeu de Paume, under the patronage of the Swiss Consulate General in Milan.