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Der Schweizer Magnum-Fotograf Werner Bischof (1916- 1954) gilt als Klassiker der Schwarzweissfotografie. Sein Werk wurde in den Bildmagazinen Du, Life, und Paris-Match publiziert und setzte neue Maßstäbe für Qualität und gleichzeitig menschliches Engagement. Das Bild des Flötenspieler aus Peru, kurz vor Bischofs Unfalltod in den Anden entstanden, gilt als eine der populärsten Schweizer Fotografien überhaupt. Dieses neue Buch will einer jungen, kulturell interessierten Generation, der der Name Bischof nicht wirklich ein Begriff ist, einen bedeutenden Schweizer Fotografen vorstellen und einer mittleren und älteren Generation Bilder zeigen, die nicht einmal Bischof-Kennern vertraut sind. Auch neue Seiten gibt es zu entdecken: die damals neue Farbfotografie mit verblüffend aktuell wirkenden Aufnahmen - eine eigene Bildwelt im Spannungsfeld zwischen Kunst und Reportage.
Das gebundene Buch umfasst 463 Seiten und stellt einen der herausragenden Fotografen des 20. Jahrhunderts vor.
Werner Bischof *April 26, 1916, Zürich, Switzerland | †May 16, 1954, Trujillo, Peru Werner Bischof found his way to photography through his studies at the Kunstgewerbeschule in Zurich. As a student of Hans Finsler, who was considered a pioneer of the New Objectivity, he learned the technical and creative craft of a photographer. In his early works Bischof composed with careful selection of form, light and shadow images of numerous objects. Studies such as the image "Sedentary Female Nude" emphasize his artistic inclination by emphasizing the shape. After completing the School of Applied Arts in 1936 and the Rekrutenschule, he initially maintained this artistic focus in order to work as a freelance fashion and advertising photographer. In 1942 he found his passion for reportage photography, influenced by Arnold Kübler, the founder of the Swiss magazine Du . The end of the war allowed Bischof journeys through Europe between 1945 and 1949, especially to Germany, Italy, Greece and Hungary. In England he published for Picture Post , Illustrated and Observer . In the same year he became the first Swiss member of the Magnum Photos agency. In 1951 Magnum sent him to India to shoot a picture story for LIFE Magazine about the "hunger in India," his first international success. Immediately he moved on to Japan, Korea, China and Indochina, where he captured people and landscapes in lasting impressive pictures. The image of the "Shinto priest in the Meiji Temple in Japan" describes Bischof's sense for poetic atmospheric scenes. After two years absence, he returned to Switzerland in late 1952. A year later follows the departure to the USA. Through lucrative contracts, he created reserves for his long-awaited journey through Central and South America. Only a few days before his fatal car accident on 16.05.1954, the world-famous image of the flute player, symbolizing the life and work of the photographer, emerged: the flute-playing boy shows himself in harmonious symmetry as he walks along a canyon with a bag. ... mehr
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Werner Bischof - Homage to Werner Bischof April 4, 2014 - June 28, 2014 In honor of his 60th anniversary (May 16), photographs by Swiss magnum photographer Werner Bischof are shown, documenting his travels through Europe, Asia and America. Bishop came to photography from his visit to the arts and crafts school in Zurich in 1932. The first years he devoted himself to the subject photography and experimented with light and shadow. His trained eye and his urge to aesthetics made it difficult for him to get involved in the field of documentary photography. But the combination of technical design principles and his sensitive sense for delicate compositions enabled him to establish himself in this field and are characteristic of his life's work. Thus, Bishop created icons such as the famous picture of the Peruvian flute player, the Shinto priest in the snow-covered courtyard of the Meiji Temple, and the lurking press photographers in Korea. Bishop's photographs stand for the authentic and human. The stylistic intermingling of artistic elements embedded in reportage themes make his work a very special guide to photography.... mehr