Werner Bischof is widely regarded as one of the most important photographers of the 20th century, and to commemorate the 100th anniversary of his birth in 1916, the Casa Tre Oci gallery on Giudecca is staging a major exhibition dedicated to his work. On view until 25th February 2018, the show features 250 of Bischof’s most iconic and compelling images, taking visitors back to the golden age of photojournalism.
The itinerary begins with harrowing black-and-white images of a war-torn Europe in the 1930s and ‘40s – a period that established Bischof’s reputation as one of the foremost photojournalists of his time. Over the following years, he journeyed with his camera to some of the most remote corners of the earth, and the exhibition includes a full spectrum of images from these intrepid travels, ranging from scenes of poverty-stricken India to the horrors of the Korean war, timeless scenes of traditional Japanese cultural rituals and – being exhibited for the first time ever – a series of striking photographs taken in Italy.
The journey continues to the United States, with a series of colour photos depicting American metropolises, and poignantly concludes with a suite of images showing the villages of Peru and the peaks of the Andes, where Bischof was tragically to die in a car accident in 1954. Curated by the photographer’s son, and organized in collaboration with Magnum Photos – of which Bischoff was one of the earliest members – the exhibition is a magnificent, sweeping tribute to his remarkable life and legacy. Don’t miss it!
“Werner Bischof. Fotografie 1934-1954” is on view at Casa dei Tre Oci until 25th February 2018