Maurice Weiss has travelled around the world to document people’s lives in many different cities. Some of his photographs are linked to politically decisive periods while others reflect the normal life of men, women and kids in Eastern Europe, Africa and other regions.
A recently published picture book celebrates his art. “Facing People” includes photos showing punks in Moscow, models backstage and young men playing football on the beach. The book starts with introductory words by Alexander Smoltczyk – a journalist who was accompanied by Weiss abroad many times – and Jürgen B. Tesch. They stress Weiss’ ability to create interest in foreign people and their life, with all the difficulties and great moments.
“Facing People” contains a large number of images showing members of the working class across the globe, but also documents the French photographer’s skills regarding portraits. Over the years, Weiss took photos Chinese artist Ai Weiwei, Italian author Umberto Eco and the Australian co-founder of WikiLeaks, Julian Assange. All of these photographs are featured.
By Maurice Weiss
Published by Hirmer (www.hirmerverlag.de)