Swiss photographer Werner Bischof spent the majority of his youth in Switzerland before he was able to travel internationally and make his work known. He studied photography at the School of Applied Arts in Zurich in 1933, under Hans Finsler and Alfred Willimann. By the age of 20 he opened his own studio in Zurich and worked in fashion and advertising. He yearned to travel outside of Switzerland, but the onset of World War II prevented him to do so.
At 26 he began working for Du magazine, which helped him develop a humanist journalism style of photography. His interest in humanism intensified when, after 1945, he was able to travel to Germany, France, Holland, Italy, as well as Eastern Europe, and observe the damage the war had caused. Photographs from these trips were selected by Life magazine in the late 40s. The magazine then asked Bischof to cover the Winter Olympics in St. Maritz.
Bischof continued to travel for the rest of his life, making up for the lost opportunity of his youth. He became a member of Magnum in 1949, alongside Robert Capa, Henri Cartier-Bresson, George Rodger, David Seymour, and Ernst Haas. He worked on assignments documenting everyday life in the cultures of India, Japan, Korea, China, and the Americas. Tragically, in 1954 Bischof and two others were killed in a car accident in the Andes of Peru. His stunning images of global culture preserve his memory.
Photography & Works
Werner BischofEmployees of the Tata Iron and Steel Company on their way to work. Town of Jamshedpur Add to cart
Werner BischofImperial Garden, Tokyo, Japan Add to cart
Werner BischofIndochina Add to cart
Werner BischofOn the road to Cuzco, near Pisac, in the Valle Sagrado of the Urubamba river Add to cart
Werner BischofRice field covered with lotus plants during the winter. Town of Tokyo. Add to cart
Werner BischofThe Observatory. Designed by astronomer Jai SINGH (1699-1744), the observatory was built over a period of 16 years. It was finished in 1734. State of Rajasthan. Town of Jaipur. Add to cart