As the last among the Humanist photography movement representatives, Swiss photographer Sabine Weiss' oeuvre is about to grace in Centre Pompidou, Paris on June 20 with the show Sabine Weiss: Les Villes, La Rue, L'autre.
Weiss' career began as she apprenticed at the Boissonnas Studio, Geneva before moving to Paris after the armistice of the war. She worked with Willy Maywald, a photographer who will introduce her to the fashion photography industry. However, Weiss did not stay in the dazzling world of fashion and turned herself into an independent photographer later on. She reported to the illustrated press of The New York Times, Picture Post, Paris Match and Die Woche. At the age of 21 in 1945, she got her first photo report published.
She focused on the everyday life, approaching her subjects in a delicate, sentimental and sympathetic view of residents. Weiss sought out simple moments that can be suspended by the camera, without concealing the hardships and poverty in post-war Europe. In black-and-white, she played with blurring and lighting to add that ephemeral effect.
The show will be open at the Centre Pompidou until October 15.
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