Marianne Sayn-Wittgenstein-Sayn

Austrian Princess Marianne Sayn-Wittegenstein-Sayn has captured decades of European history. Her photography captures aristocrats, politicians, actors, artists and sports figures, her images are a radiograph of the cultural and social zeitgeist. Marianne’s social position provided her with unprecedented access to intertwine her personal history with the many renowned artists, musicians, and heads of state at the time. As such, she has created a visual history of Europe before and after the devastation of World War II, which she continues today. Images of her five children and many relationships appear next to high societal hunt parties and car crashes on the side of the road. By always carrying her camera, Marianne has produced a portrait of the unpredictable, effervescent world in which she has traveled.

WESTWOOD GALLERY NYC presented the premiere New York exhibition of photographs from the Sayn-Wittgenstein Collection, which includes over 150,000 images.

The eldest child of Baron and Baroness Mayr-Melnhof, Princess Marianne Sayn-Wittgenstein-Sayn was born in 1919 in Salzburg, Austria. She attended Blocherer art school in Munich and later embarked on a career as a professional photographer. In 1942 Marianne married Prince Ludwig zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Sayn. Years after the death of her husband in 1962, friends such as Lilli Palmer and Karl Lagerfeld encouraged the Princess to offer her photographs for publication. Since that time her work has been professionally published and exhibited throughout Europe.

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