The Swiss Magnum Photographer Werner Bischof (1916-1954) presents the work of one of the outstanding photographers of the 20th century. Werner Bischof is known as a master of black-and-white photography. His work was created in a very brief period and took him halfway around the world.
Bischof’s biography is that of a modern man. During his studio period in Zurich in the 1940s, he adopted “Neues Sehen”. At the end of the Second World War, he produced an extensive documentation of the destruction and initial rebuilding throughout Europe. During the early days of photojournalism, Bischof published his photographs in the most significant magazines in the Western world and became the first member after the founding of the legendary group Magnum Photos.
His reporting of the famine in India brought Werner Bischof international acclaim in 1951. He pursued his interest in the relationship between tradition and modernity on extended travels through Asia. In autumn 1953, Bischof made large-scale color photographs in the USA and then, in his ongoing search for harmony between man and nature, he travelled through Central America to South America, where he died in 1954 in an automobile accident in the Andes.
In 2016 we celebrate „100 years anniversary of Werner Bischof“.