Werner Bischof

On the road to Cuzco. Peru, May, 1954

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Werner Bischof first specialized in and perfected a graphic, subtle use of light and shade on inanimate objects, but eventually became compelled to bear witness to the human suffering of post-war Europe. His work as a photojournalist took him across Europe to Japan, Korea and later Peru, but Bischof always considered himself an artist. His humanistic approach towards existential human issues combined with his artistic talents made him a classic of black and white photography. He died in a car accident in the Peruvian Andes on May 16th 1954 at the age of 38. Pictured here, a boy playing the quena on the road to Cuzco. The photograph was taken not long before Bischof’s death.


Gelatin silver print
Open edition
Estate stamped

12 x 16 in / 30 x 40 cm
16 x 20 in / 40 x 50 cm
20 x 24 in / 50 x 60 cm


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