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Interior of a Church in Portugal (1954, Sabine Weiss)


“I photograph to preserve the ephemeral, fix chance, to keep in an image what will disappear: gestures, attitudes, objects which are testimonies of our passing,” said Sabine Weiss.

 

Shot in Nazare, which borders on the Atlantic Ocean, Interieur d’eglise au Portugal, shown above, was one of three photographs of Sabine Weiss that Edward Steichen chose for The Family of Man exhibition at New York’s Museum of Modern Art in 1955. The exhibit toured the world for eight years and was seen by more than 9 million people.


“I photograph to preserve the ephemeral, fix chance, to keep in an image what will disappear: gestures, attitudes, objects which are testimonies of our passing,” said Weiss, who for nearly 60 years explored a variety of fields including reportage, portraiture, fashion and advertising.


Sabine Weiss (January 23, 1924 – December 28, 2021), a French-Swiss photographer, was active in the French humanist photography movement along with Robert Doisneau, Willy Ronis and Edouard Boubat.


The largest exhibition of her work, La Poesia dell’instante (The Poetry of the Moment), is on display until October 23 at Casa dei Tre Oci in Venice, according to Expresso (April 8).

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