Edition 2021



For several years, Sabine Weiss has been recognized and honored as the last representative of the French humanist school. Yet few people are aware of the richness and diversity of her work, preserved intact in the house-studio where she has lived since 1949, and whose treasures she is only beginning to reveal. Describing herself as a photographer-artisan and a witness rather than an artist, the 96-year-old has built a true photographic monument in a free and independent spirit. This unprecedented retrospective in the Museon Arlaten’s recently restored chapel highlights the main features of her oeuvre, constantly in sympathy with human beings, as well as various facets of the photographer’s profession, from reportage to illustration, fashion, advertising, portraits and personal work. Sabine Weiss has approached every area of photography as a challenge, a pretext for encounters and travels, a way of life and a means of self-expression. the exhibition reflects this life-long passion with a new selection of images, films and personal documents.

Exhibition curator: Virginie Chardin.
Publication: Sabine Weiss, Actes Sud, 2021. Introduction text by Virginie Chardin.
Silver prints by Atelier Publimod and La Chambre Noire, Paris.
Documents and facsimiles by Processus, Paris.
Framing by Circad, Paris.

Sabine Weiss received the Women In Motion Award for photography 2020, awarded by Kering and the Rencontres d'Arles for her entire career.

With support from the Swiss Confederation and the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia.

  • Institutional partners

    • République Française
    • Région Provence Alpes Côté d'Azur
    • Département des Bouches du Rhône
    • Arles
    • Le Centre des monuments nationaux est heureux de soutenir les Rencontres de la Photographie d’Arles en accueillant des expositions dans l’abbaye de Montmajour
  • Main partners

    • Fondation LUMA
    • BMW
    • SNCF
    • Pernot Ricard
    • Kering
  • Media partners

    • Arte
    • Lci
    • Konbini
    • Le Point
    • Madame Figaro
    • France Culture