Saturday, October 4, 2003Sunday, February 15, 2004
Harrison Photography Gallery
Who was Werner Bischof?
Werner Bischof was one of the outstanding photographers of the immediate post-war period. In terms of quality and human commitment, his photographs in the Du, Life and Paris Match publications set new standards in photojournalism
The Swiss Photographer Werner Bischof built his reputation in studio photography in Zürich and later documented Europe in the aftermath of WWII. He joined the world famous photographers group Magnum Photos in 1949. He always considered himself as an artist. His humanistic approach towards existential human issues combined with his artistic talents made him a classic of black and white photography. Werner Bischof died at the age of 38 in an accident in Peru.
What is the Exhibition all about?
The exhibition gives the viewer the opportunity to study and enjoy a unique overview of Werner Bischof’s work from 1932 to 1954. The exhibit includes 60-70 prints selected from photographs in The Minneapolis Institute of Arts permanent collection and some important publications of his work. The CD-ROM biography is included in the exhibition to give the viewer an interactive way to explore the context of his life.
What is the CD-ROM?
"Werner Bischof: Life and Work of a Photographer 1916-1954" is an interactive biography that details Bischof’s development as a photographer and his career. The chapters are designed to provide an historical and cultural context for the photographs, notes and sketches from Bischof’s diaries, audio narration, letters, personal artifacts, excerpts from publications, and one hour of video interviews with people who knew him. The biography also has an extensive archive of over 1,000 photographs, publications, and reference material, a timeline, and a glossary.
The biography is an excellent way to show the stories behind the photographs in the exhibition.
Learn more about Werner Bischof and his work at Magnum Photos and at WernerBischof.com.