Exhibition - The Reluctant Photojournalist
Magnum Print Room 31 March to 15 May 2009
The 16th May 2009 marked fifty-five years since Werner Bischof’s untimely death. An important early member of the Magnum Photos agency, Bischof’s roots were not in the photojournalistic tradition. Born in Switzerland in 1916, he studied photography with Hans Finsler, a proponent of the modernist tradition and a key figure in the “Neue Sachlichkeit” (New Realism). Bischof then went on to build his career in studio photography before documenting Europe in the aftermath of World War II. He went on to join Magnum Photos in 1949 and continued to think of himself...