Sabine Weiss's work has continued to grow and expand since 1942. She takes on all genres without privileging any. Of course, children are one of her favorite subjects to photograph… but there are many more. She never places more importance on the anecdotal than on sensations themselves, “ones that capture the expression of feelings”. She does not recoil at the label “humanist photographer”, but she does believe that it is too narrow for her work. The only thing that has sparked her interest and nourished her throughout the years is painting. Unclassifiable and fiercely independent, Sabine Weiss is a fascinating subject.
Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris, France
Musée d’Art Moderne de la ville de Paris, Paris, France
Musée National d’art moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou
Fondation Nationale des Arts Plastiques, Paris, France
Musée Carnavalet, Paris, France
Musée Nicéphore Nipece, Châlon sur Saône, France
Photothèque des Rencontres Internationales de la Photographie, Arles, France
Galerie du Château d’Eau, Toulouse, France
The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, USA
Museum Folkwang, Essen, Allemagne
Musée d’Art Moderne, San Francisco, Californie, USA
Lehigh University Art Gallery, Pittsburg, USA
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, USA
Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA
Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto, Japon
Musée de l ‘Élysée, Lausanne, Suisse
Museum of Fine Arts, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA
Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris, France
LAC, Saint Pierre de la Réunion
Kunsthaus, Zurich, Suisse
Reader’s Digest Collection
Musée « The Family of Man » de Steichen, Luxembourg
« la collection Transphotographique » Pozman
Sabine Weiss, Mémoire intime
L'oeil de la photographie , March 2 2017
Sabine Weiss au Château de Tours : la photo humaniste à son apogée
exponaute , October 10 2016
Interview de Sabine Weiss : "les photos de rues c'était mon instantané"
Le monde de la photo , October 6 2016
Sabine Weiss : une vie en photos
Tourraine Loire Valley , September 15 2016
Sabine Weiss : "Toutes mes photographies sont instantanées, il n'y a jamais eu de clichés attendus"
France Culture , September 8 2016
Sabine Weiss, les bonheurs de l'artisan photographe
La Croix , July 20 2016
Les regards de Sabine Weiss
Le Point , July 18 2016
Sabine Weiss: "ce gosse avait une grande satisfaction de poser face à l'apareil"
Libération , July 1 2016
Finding vertue in Weiss
1843 magazine , July 1 2016
Les belles archives de Sabine Weiss
Le temps , June 29 2016
Sabine Weiss, les yeux doux
Libération , June 29 2016
France Musique , June 27 2016
Sabine Weiss : "La photo humaniste, c'est quoi ? Une photo avec des humains ?
Télérama Sortir , June 26 2016
Rediscovering the genius of Sabine Weiss, the last humanist photographer
Time , June 14 2016
Le Monde de Sabine Weiss
Time out , June 13 2016
Sabine Weiss, le monde d'hier
Le Figaro Premium Culture , June 10 2016
Sabine Weiss : photographe
Le journal des Arts , June 10 2016
Sabine Weiss's world
We Heart , June 6 2016
Sabine Weiss, photographe de l'humain, au Château de Tours
CultureBox , June 3 2016
Sabine Weiss, à l'intuition
Bests Regards , June 1 2016
Sabine Weiss, photographe
veroniquechemla.info , May 18 2016
Grand format: Sabine Weiss, le défi de l'instantané
L'Obs , May 17 2016
Le Monde de Sabine Weiss : une exposition à Paris
Gralon , May 10 2016
Le monde de Sabine Weiss
"Le monde de Sabine Weiss"
France Fine Art
Sabine Weiss is not a photographer.
In any case, Sabine Weiss is not a photographer whom we can easily class among French humanist photographers and then wash our hands, as if everything were said and done. And this is in no way a criticism of said school of photography. It's merely an observation, a statement of affairs, a report. Even when many of her Parisian photographs seem to belong wholeheartedly to that movement. And that is precisely the key: the mistake is seeing Sabine Weiss as a photographer of Paris. Or exclusively so. Weiss is never more herself than when she leaves France. Never more herself than when she lands in New York, Sicily, Portugal, Egypt. All right, in France she can be considered a photographer. But once we've crossed the national borders by even a few inches, it's a completely different story...
But then, if Sabine Weiss is not a photographer, what is she? Who is she?
Far from her roots, she becomes a director, a maker of films. In fact, I'd much prefer the term maker because her photos are precisely not directed or set up. They are not posed. Not even freeze frames. No, her photos are the beginning of a story. Or the middle. Or the end. And they are often a whole film. You enter one of her photographs as you would enter a cinema. You'll have to buy a ticket to see her photos. In fact, the best way to appreciate them is with others, in a dark room, feeling your neighbours reacting and vibrating at the sight of each of these moments that are at once dense and dramatic.
The first thing that comes to mind when watching the cinema of Sabine Weiss is Italian neo-realism: the Rossellini of Rome, Open City and de Sica's The Bicyle Thief. But after some consideration, I would lean more towards Jules Dassin, who was indeed the first to place his camera on the streets of New York in The Naked City. But for the quality of her black and white works, I most definitely associate Weiss's New York photos with that other film of Dassin's, namely Night and the City. Feel the intensity! And the light! Drama in its purest form. It's no surprise that Weiss also shot her pictures in New York in the thick of the 1950s.
Yes, I firmly believe that this is how we ought to reread Sabine Weiss's photographs now, as great moments of cinema. And in that regard, she is entirely alone in the history of French photography. Or for that matter in the history of photography, full stop. Her place is utterly unique.
Yes, Sabine Weiss is a great photographer.
10 - 13 November 2016
Le monde de Sabine Weiss
May 18 - July 30 2016
Soon Art Fair
11 - 13 December 2015
12 - 15 November 2015
March 20 - June 13 2015
November 7 2014 - January 10 2015
"Sabine Weiss : intimate memory"
February 10 - April 29 2017