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Arles 2021 : Sabine Weiss : A Photographer’s Life


Sabine Weiss has been recognized for several years as the last representative of the French humanist school. Yet few people know the richness and diversity of her work, kept intact in the house-workshop  where she has lived since 1949, she only begins to reveal her treasures.

At 96, the one who claims to be a photographer-craftsman and witness rather than artist nonetheless built a real photographic oeuvre, free and independent.

The unprecedented retrospective, presented in the recently restored Museon Arlaten chapel, highlights the dominant features of a work in constant sympathy with human beings, and all the side issues of the profession of photographer. Reportage, illustration, fashion, advertising, portraits of artists, personal work: Sabine Weiss approached all areas of photography as a challenge, a pretext for meetings and travels, a way of life and a way of self-expression. A renewed selection of images, films and personal documents, the exhibition reflects this lifelong passion.

With the support of the Swiss Confederation and Pro Helvetia, Swiss Cultural Foundation.


Chapelle du Museon Arlaten – Musee de Provence

29 Rue de la République

13200 Arles



Exhibition curator: Virginie Chardin.


Publication : Sabine Weiss

Actes Sud, 2021.

Texte d’introduction de Virginie Chardin.

62 photographies en bichromie

144 pages


Sabine Weiss received the Women in Motion Award for Photography 2020, awarded by Kering and the Rencontres d’Arles for her entire career.


Exhibition in Paris

In parallel with the retrospective of Sabine Weiss presented at the Rencontres d’Arles, Les Douches la Galerie is pleased to bring together a selection on the south of France and Europe and summer works. Through their streets and their inhabitants, Sabine Weiss paints a portrait of Arles, Avignon, Saintes Maries de la Mer, but also Naples and Athens.


« On dirait le Sud »

Les Douches la Galerie

July 7-31, 2021

5, rue Legouvé 75010 Paris





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