Amazing Photos of Houses Show What Being at Home Means Around the World
Through the gaze of his camera, photographer Maurice Weiss reflects on the meanings and importance of houses and homes.
How are relations between houses, work and the self transforming under conditions of capitalism and modernity? Maurice Weiss, renowned political portray and documentary photographer (regular clients include Der Spiegel, Süddeutsche Zeitung, the Amnesty Journal, and Die Zeit) lets us ponder this complex question in his new photographic work.
Weiss contributed a series of stunning photographs for the book To be at Home, which was written by a team of renowned historians and anthropologists to compare the ways people in different societies and historical periods strive to make and keep houses and homes under conditions of change, upheaval, displacement, impoverishment and violence.
“To collect photographs is to collect the world. (…) Photographed images do not seem to be statements about the world so much as pieces of it, miniatures of reality that anyone can make or acquire.”
Maurice Weiss’s photography offers unconventional glimpses into visible and invisible lifeworlds and helps us rethink the concepts of house, work, and self in the modern world. His protagonists are on the margins, from forgotten spaces. They highlight relations between individuals and social structures, and help to identify aspects and details that remain disregarded in real life. His images take us through a multitude of realities and seem to craft what Susan Sontag calls “a collection of the world”.
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[Title Image by Maurice Weiss, Algeria]