£275.00
Bern: Verlag L.M. Kohler. 1946.
Description:

First edition. A portfolio of twenty three loose photographs (each photograph measures 302x231mm) housed in a folder with boards and cloth spine and ties. Some marking to the boards and rubbing to the edges and the cloth spine is torn and damaged but holding. The twenty-fourth photograph is the image on the front cover pasted on board. (306x235mm) Four page folded introduction with one page introduction by Manuel Gasser and a list of the titles of the photographs. The plates are in very good condition with only some very slight rubbing to the edges. They are an eclectic set of nature and animal photographs with a few portrait studies, landscapes and buildings. Bischof started his career working in magazines and news journalism but, finding it superficial and sensationalist, he abandoned this world for a more creative approach to photography. "Werner Bischof always considered himself as an artist. His humanistic approach towards existential human issues combined with his artistic talents made him a classic of black and white photography". This humanism and engagement with the natural world is apparent in this collection of beautiful and moving images. Bischof died at the age of thirty eight in a car crash in Peru.