Friday, September 29, 2017

Venice: Case dei Tre Oci – Werner Bischof – Photographs 1934-1954 – exhibition

Case dei Tre Oci
Werner Bischof – Photographs 1934-1954
At the Casa dei Tre Oci, the large-scale anthological show devoted to Werner Bischof (1916-1954), until February 25, one of the most important Swiss photographers of the twentieth century, and one of the founders of the Magnum Agency, the exhibition is curated by his son Marco Bischof.
On The road to Cuzco, Near Pisac, Peru – May 1954

 Denis Curti, Emanuela Bassetti and Fabio Achilli

Werner Bischof – Photographs 1934-1954
Harbour of Kowloon, Hong Kong - 1952
The 250 photos, mostly vintage, include Werner Bischof’s most important reportages, and are an overview of the long journeys that led the Swiss artist to the most remote corners of the earth, from India to Japan, Korea, Indochina, and then on to Panama, Chile, and Peru.

Werner Bischof – Photographs 1934-1954
Preparations for the Emperor Hirohito – Tokyo, Japan – 1951
Emperor Hirohito and His Wife – Tokyo, Japan - 1951

  Copyright Werner Bischof / Magnum Photos – courtesy Casa dei Tre Oci

Werner Bischof – Photographs 1934-1954
Genoa, Italy - 1946
This show arrives in Italy on the occasion of the hundredth anniversary of Bischof’s birth and consists of vintage prints, reminiscences, documents, letters, and publications. It also includes a selection of twenty previously unexhibited black and white photos that have Italy as their subject. In them we can discern the originality of the shots, which reveal the “neorealist” eye of Werner Bischof.

Werner Bischof – Photographs 1934-1954
Orginal Contact Prints – Italy 1946

Werner Bischof – Photographs 1934-1954
In the Streets of Seoul, Korea - 1951

  Copyright Werner Bischof /Magnum Photos - courtesy Casa dei Tre Oci
 Werner Bischof – Photographs 1934-1954
Southern Part of the USA – 1954
St. Louis Missouri, USA - 1953
Bischof’s journey continues to American cities, and captures metropolitan developments, with a series of color photos. Bischof, considered to be one of the greatest photojournalists, did not restrict himself to recording reality with his lens, but stopped to reflect in front of his subjects in a search to express the dichotomies between industrial development and poverty, business and spirituality, modernity and tradition.

Andrea Holzherr, Denis Curti and Mark Smith

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