Born in 1924, Sabine Weiss is now the last living representative of the great “Humanist photography” movement in France. Among the photographers who made up this group were Edouard Boubat, Robert Doisneau, Jeanine Niepce and Willy Ronis. Like her colleagues, Sabine Weiss was interested in everyday life. In these photographs taken in her spare time, she provides a gentle, sympathetic view of the residents in her town, seeking out simple scenes of beauty in suspended moments of rest or reverie, without concealing the poverty of daily life in post-war Europe.
Her works are full of light, interplaying with shadows and blurred areas, and, above all, illustrate her committed reconciliation with reality. The exhibition, with around 80 photographs taken between 1945 and 1960, takes a fresh look at her rich and varied output, which goes well beyond the context of just Humanist photography. This new interpretation of her work underlines its comparison to that of four contemporary artists – Viktoria Binschtok, Paul Graham, Lise Sarfati and Paola Yacoub –, who also work on street and contemporary urban themes.
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