Franco-Swiss photographer Sabine Weiss has died at 97


Franco-Swiss photographer Sabine Weiss, who has chronicled social change in her photos for nearly eight decades, has died at the age of 97 in her Paris home, her family said on Wednesday.

Weiss was the last of the French humanist photography school which included Robert Doisneau, Willy Ronis and Brassai.

A pioneer of what would later become street photography, Weiss captured the condition of ordinary people, often outdoors, in a body of work that has been shown in major retrospectives around the world.

She was also in great demand as a portrait painter of artists, including composers Benjamin Britten and Igor Stravinsky, renowned cellist Pablo Casals and French painter Fernand Léger.

“From the start I had to make a living from photography, it wasn’t artistic,” Weiss told AFP in an interview in 2014, adding that she started taking photos in 1942.

“It was a profession, I was a photographer,” she said.

Weiss was born in Switzerland and moved to Paris in 1946, and she later became a French citizen.

His work is exhibited in the permanent collections of several leading museums, including the Museum of Modern Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, and the Center Pompidou in Paris.



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