Sabine Weiss is the female counterpart to Henri Cartier-Bresson, Robert Doisneau and the Werner Bischofs. Sabine Weiss has been photographing people with the same unflaggingly tender curiosity for the past 45 years. A member of the Rapho agency since 1953, she has become associated with a line of so-called ‘humanist’ photographers who played a key role in the history of the 1950s and 60s. She has produced many fashion pieces and portraits of celebrities and artists for Vogue magazine, and in addition to her commissioned work she has always made pictures ‘for herself’. She has gradually turned almost exclusively to black and white reportage, a medium that expresses the relationship between Man and his world more ‘calmly and simply’ and which captures the ‘plenitude of light’ that has been her obsession. If you are in Paris in January Half a Century of Photography is a touching exhibition at La Maison Europeene de la Photographie devoted to Sabine Weiss.
I have always been a tiny bit obsessed each year with the Christmas lights in Rue Castiglione in Paris. This year is no exception. I promised myself I would move on to new ground but I couldn’t resist a couple of shots. I took this one last night. Carla