Sabine Weiss
Portrait Sabine Weiss

© Lily Franey


Sabine Weiss was born in the Valaisan border community Saint-Gingolph at Lake Geneva in 1924.

Already at an early age she decided in favour of photography. After an apprenticeship in Atelier Boissonnas in Geneva she went to Paris as a 22-year-old young woman. Today she still lives and works there. She worked as photographer Willy Maywald’s assistant until she decided to work independently in 1950. Together with her husband, the American artist Hugh Weiss, she mixed with the artists‘ colony of post-war Paris. She established long-lasting contact to many artists, actors, musicians and writers, who were frequently portrayed by her.

Following a recommendation of Robert Doisneau Weiss became a member of Fotoagentur Rapho in 1952. She has worked for many international magazines such as New York Times Magazine, Life, Newsweek, Vogue, Point de vue, Paris Match, Esquire, Holiday. Her pictures were also published in the legendary exhibition “Family of Man”. Already in the 1950s she had her first exhibitions in the USA, for example in Chicago (Art Institute of Chicago, 1954) and Minneapolis (Walker Art Center, 1954). In the last years exhibitions in European museums have emphasized her place in the history of photography and of public perception, for example in Kriens (Museum im Bellpark, 2016), Tours (Jeu de Paume-Château de Tours, 2016), Zürich (Photobastei, 2014), Aachen (Suermondt-Ludwig Museum, 2011), Paris (Maison Européenne de la Photographie, 2008).

In 1995 Sabine Weiss became a French citizen.

2014 L'oeil intime
2016 «Sabine Weiss»
Edition de la Martinière