Friday, 22 February 2013

Werner Bischof - Photographer

Werner Bischof was a Swiss photographer who worked as a photojournalist in the 40's and 50's for many of the big international magazines of his time. Including Picture Post, Time and The Observer.

Despite his job, he hated the 'sensationalism' of the industry and instead "devoted much of his working life to looking for order and tranquility in traditional culture, something that did not endear him to picture editors looking for hot topical material."

Bischof considered himself an artist more than a photojournalist. He traveled the world taking pictures of postwar societies including Eastern and Northern Europe, Japan, Asia, India, the US and more. He died on the job whilst filming in the Andes in May 1954 in a tragic road accident, killing him and two others.

Read more and see a brilliant gallery of his work here.

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