Inga Schweim (1942-2004)

1979 – Portrait of Inga Schweim (1942-2004) at the Hotel Gerando in Paris, France. © Mark Zanzig/

The story behind the image

Today, my mother, Inga Schweim, would have celebrated her 80th birthday.

I take this opportunity to present you an image I shot of her while we were in Paris, France, in 1979. It’s been my first genuine holiday trip to a foreign country. My mother was a big fan of all things French which was probably related to the fact that her grandmother Eugenie was born in Alsace.

Anyway, we took the night train from Kiel, Germany, to Paris and arrived (a bit tired) in the morning at the Hotel Gerando, close to Montmartre and Sacre Coeur. It is strategically located near to most attractions and is still in operation today. (And yes, I am pretty sure they have renovated their rooms since then.)

I do remember that I took this image right after our arrival. Seeing this image now, I realize that – at the age of 37 – she looks really happy and relaxed. Finally, she had made it to Paris! And in the summer, too!

Thinking of you, mom.

The high resolution image

Capture Date1979
LocationParis, France
Image Source9 x 13 cm Print
Digital Image SourceEPSON Perfection 4870 Photo
Digital Image Source FormatTIFF, 48 bits/pixel, AdobeRGB
Edited Image FormatJPEG, 24 bits/pixel, sRGB
Edited Image Dimensions6105 x 4146 Pixels
CopyrightPhoto © by Mark Zanzig/

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