In today's world, basically everybody is a photographer or at least, everybody has access to camera equipment; but not everybody has the eye and the intuition to know in an instant what’s worth photographing. Photographer Maurice Weiss (*1964 in Perpignan) knows when to trigger his camera; he prefers to wait just a split second longer than you would expect him to, even if thousands of people swarm around him, waving banners, laughing, partying or demonstrating.
The native Frenchman has proven his exceptional photographic eye for the first time on German soil on November 9th, 1989, when the Berlin Wall fell. Back then he documented in a dynamic style the historical scenes that took place on both sides of the wall and by that, he caught one of the most memorable events of modern European history on film.
After the wall had come down, he didn’t rest either but followed and documented the political development in Berlin up to the German reunification and further. Back in those days he deeply connected with the German capital and its political stage and today he photographs in the Bundestag, the national parliament, almost on a weekly basis. He jumps from one job to another, from France to Italy via Algeria and Bulgaria. Surprisingly he still finds the time to follow his personal artistic projects. In Fall 2011, he went on a roadtrip from Marokko by Libia to Egypt in order to capture his view of the Arabic revolution. When it comes to portrait and documentary photography for media, Maurice Weiss is in great demand, taking assignments regularly from Der Spiegel, Süddeutsche Zeitung, the Amnesty Journal and Die Zeit among others. He works and lives in Berlin.