Marianne Sayn-Wittgenstein-Sayn

HSH Marianne Sayn-Wittgenstein-Sayn of Austria photographed decades of European history, documenting aristocracy, politicians, actors, artists, sports figures, and the cultural zeitgeist. As a pillar of Salzburg society, Princess Marianne spent time with many renowned artists, musicians, and heads of state creating a visual history of Europe before and after the devastation of WWII. The Sayn-Wittgenstein Collection includes over 150,000 photographs capturing diverse body of work such as high society hunting parties, car crashes by the side of the road, international visits to friends and family, and many more enigmatic scenes. Never leaving her camera behind, Princess Marianne created a widely encompassing documentation of the unpredictable, effervescent world she traveled.

In 2006, WESTWOOD GALLERY NYC presented the premiere New York exhibition of photographs from the Sayn-Wittgenstein Collection. Selected works from the show are available for acquisition.


Princess Marianne Sayn-Wittgenstein-Sayn was born in 1919 in Salzburg, Austria, the eldest child of Baron and Baroness Mayr-Melnhof. Princess Marianne attended Blocherer art school in Munich and later embarked on a career as a professional photographer. In 1942, Princess 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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