June 12, 2017
Paris, 1953 © Sabine Weiss / Collections Musée de l'Elysée
Sabine Weiss has entrusted her photographic work, the achievement of a lifetime, to the Musée de l’Elysée. The archives of the photographer, born in Switzerland in 1924, will integrate the Musée de l’Elysée’s collections as soon as it moves to PLATEFORME 10, by 2021. This donation was made possible thanks to the generous support of the Canton of Vaud through the SERAC.
Sabine Weiss chose the Musée de l’Elysée, a Swiss public institution with solid expertise in the management of photographic heritage, to preserve and showcase her work and to make it available to a broad audience.
"The donation of an archive of the content and scope of that of Sabine Weiss is a significant step in the strategy of the museum, which is based in particular on its expertise in the valorization of complete collections of Swiss and international photographers. It resonates with travel photography, which is very present in the collections, and other important names of women photographers like Ella Maillart, Gertrud Fehr, Henriette Grindat and Monique Jacot", underlines Tatyana Franck, Director.
At PLATEFORME 10, the Musée de l’Elysée will benefit from extensive conservation and storage spaces, as well as modular exhibition spaces designed to regularly host projects to showcase its collections.
Sabine Weiss is one of the great names in European photography. Born Sabine Weber in 1924 in Saint-Gingolph, the Swiss-born photographer did her apprenticeship with Paul Boissonnas in Geneva, before moving to Paris in 1946 where she was the assistant of Willy Maywald for four years. She settled in the French capital with her husband, the American painter Hugh Weiss, where she worked for many years with the Rapho Agency. Sabine Weiss is one of the last representatives