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The Museum im Bellpark Kriens in Lucerne, Switzerland, currently presents an exhibition of works by legendary Magnum photographer Werner Bischof (1916–1954). The showcase, which is titled Standpunkt (‘Point of View’), was curated in collaboration with Magnum Photos Paris and the Werner Bischof Estate.

The work Werner Bischof produced during his tragically brief career is nothing short of spectacular – and illustrates why he has frequently been referred to as the most talented photographer of his time. His images open up new worlds: the delicate, dreamlike imagery of his studio work stands in stark contrast to the scenes of devastation he captured in Europe in the immediate aftermath of World War II.

Soon, he shifted his focus to India, a country between progress and tradition; he reported on the ‘modern’ war in Korea, and explored Japan – a spiritual island of beauty, suffering from the wound that was Hiroshima.

From there, he travelled to Hong Kong, and later documented the guerrilla war in Indochina. He was fascinated by the detached glamour of the U.S.A. and the contrasting warmth he encountered in Central America. And finally, he explored the ancient culture of the Incas in Peru. It was here, during a journey into the Andes, that the jeep Bischof was travelling in plunged into a ravine on 16 May 1954, killing everyone inside.

For further information visit Museum im Bellpark Kriens, Werner Bischof Estate and Magnum Photos

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