Werner Bischof

Contact Sheet Print: Gardens of the Meiji temple. Tokyo, Japan. 1951

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“I am trying to tune into the Japanese soul in order to understand the relationships from within. … most Americans approach the problems from the American side, doing everything according to how the Americans see things, and particularly in Japan that is a misleading thing that often resembles a distorting mirror. I believe that we have an intelligent group of reporters at Magnum, and some of us forget this sometimes and publish pieces of work which do no great service to the Magnum name. ‘A big story never pays–that’s right.’ Yes, I am one of those people who love doing such big stories, and I believe that I will never stop doing so, because these big essays give me a feel for the real circumstances in a country.” - Werner Bischof, Letter to Robert Capa, Tokyo, 1951

This Contact Sheet features photos of the gardens of the Meiji temple. Tokyo, Japan. 1951.

Werner Bischof joined Magnum Photos in 1949.


Format: Archival Pigment Print
Magnum Archive Stamped
Sizes: 16 x 20 in (40 x 50 cm) or 20 x 24 in (50 x 60 cm)
Printed on Hahnemuhle Fine Art Baryta paper

This print is for personal use only, intended for display in the home or other private spaces. For all other purposes, such as display in public spaces or institutions, publishing the image online or in print, or any other form of usage, permission must be granted by Magnum Photos.


Each frame is hand-crafted and made-to-order and includes framing-grade quality plexiglass, which comes with ~60% UV protection.

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Please note: due to the nature of the framing process the artist archival stamp that is on the recto of our Contact Sheet, Darkroom and Magnum Edition prints will be obscured upon framing.


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Each print is made using an archival pigment process and printed on the highest quality papers.

Our frames are hand-made to order by experts with decades of experience.

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