8: SaynerZeit

The 104-years old Princess Marianne is a great photographer. Since her early youth, she has been known to always have a camera in her hand. She takes photos impulsively, nothing and nobody is staged. She pulls the trigger whenever she feels like it, and always at the right moment, as her friend Gunter Sachs once said – about 300,000 times in the past nine decades.

These black and white pictures of her time in Sayn, the 20 years she lived here with her husband Ludwig from 1942 to 1962, are particularly outstanding.

Princess Marianne’s portraits of people who worked with her on the reconstruction have been compared to August Sanders’ photographic art. She has always been an amateur photographer, albeit with a lot of talent and an eye for a good picture.