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Street snap pioneer Sabine Weiss dies at age 97

Swiss and French photographer Sabine Weiss has been recording social changes with a unique look for nearly 80 years, and her family said yesterday that she died at her home in Paris at the age of 97.
Weiss was the last of the post-WWII humanist photography schools in France and revisited the exciting power of images such as Robert Doisneau, Willy Ronis and Brassai.
A pioneer who later became known as street photography, Weiss is a series of works presented in major retrospective exhibitions around the world, showing the state of the French capital, often the general public outdoors. I caught it.
She was also in high demand as a portrait photographer for artists such as composer Benjamin Britten and Igor Stravinsky, cellist Pablo Casals, and French painter Fernand Léger.
“I had to make a living from photography from the beginning. It wasn’t artistic,” Weiss told AFP in a 2014 interview. “It was a craft. I was a photography craftsman,” she said.
Weiss was born in Switzerland, moved to Paris in 1946, and became a French citizen in 1995, nearly half a century later.
Her work is on display in 160 exhibits, including in the permanent collections of several major museums, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Pompidou Center in Paris.
“I felt in her not only compassion, but also the kindness and kindness that men don’t have,” said Raymond Depardon, a French photographer and documentary filmmaker, yesterday.
Weiss said he wanted to immortalize the “children with a bad nose,” “begging,” and “little peeers” in the pictures.
“I never thought I was doing humanist photography,” she told La Croix in France.
“A good picture must move you, have a good composition, and be calm,” she said. “People’s sensitivities have to jump out to you.”
In the 1950s, the photographer and her American husband, the painter Hugh Weiss, explored the city of Paris. Often at night, I tried to capture the secret moments in the movie, such as quick kisses, crowds flooding the subway, and construction site workers.
“At that time, the capital was covered in beautiful fog at night,” she recalled.
She loved taking pictures of children, saying, “It’s a lot of fun to play with street children.”
Born July 23, 1924 at Saint-Gingolph on the shores of Lake Geneva, Sabine Weber bought his first camera at the age of 12 and became an apprentice at the famous Geneva photo studio at the age of 16.
Her first job after arriving in Paris was fashion photographer Willy Maywald.
After opening her studio in the 16th arrondissement of the capital, Bourjois in 1950, she began working for the iconic fashion magazine Vogue and Rapho photography agency.

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