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HomeContents > People > Photographers > Werner Bischof

Born: Werner Adalbert Bischof 
Dates:  1916, 26 April - 1954, 16 May
Born:  Switzerland, Zurich
Died:  Peru
Active:  Global
Swiss photojournalist and member of Magnum.

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General reading 
Capa, Cornell (ed.), 1968, The Concerned Photographer, (New York: Grossman Publishers in cooperation with The International Fund for Concerned Photography) [Δ
Readings on, or by, individual photographers 
Bischof, Marco; Burri, Rene & Magnaguagno, Guido, 1990, Werner Bischof: 1916-1954, His Life and Work, (WW Norton Co) isbn-10: 050009215X isbn-13: 978-0500092156 [Δ
Bischof, Marco; Philabaum, Carl & Kuhn, Tania, 2003, Werner Bischof: Life and Work of a Photographer 1916-1954, (Digital Impresarios) isbn-10: 097435550X isbn-13: 978-0974355504 [CD-Rom edition] [Δ
Bischof, Werner, 1961, Japan by Werner Bischof, (Bantam Books) [Δ
Bischof, Werner, 1997, Werner Bischof: After The War, (Smithsonian) isbn-10: 1560987219 isbn-13: 978-1560987215 [Foreword by Miriam Mafai] [Δ
Bischof, Werner, 2004, Werner Bischof: Questions to My Father, (Trolley Books) isbn-10: 1904563252 isbn-13: 978-1904563259 [Δ
Bischof, Werner & Flueler, Niklaus, 1976, Werner Bischof: Photos and Drawings, (Amphoto) isbn-10: 0817403183 isbn-13: 978-0817403188 [Photography: Men and Movements] [Δ
Bischof, Werner & Gasser, Manuel, 1959, The World of Werner Bischof: A Photographer's Odyssey, (Dutton) isbn-10: 1111303312 isbn-13: 978-1111303310 [Δ
Bischof, Werner & Guillain, Robert, 1954, Japan, (Simon & Schuster) [German] [Δ
Burri, Rene; Burri, Rosellina Bischof & Karia, Bhupendra, 1974, Werner Bischof, (Grossman / Viking) isbn-10: 0670757187 isbn-13: 978-0670757183 [ICP Library of Photographers, vol 2] [Δ
Cookman, Claude, 2001, Werner Bischof, (Phaidon) isbn-10: 0714840416 isbn-13: 978-0714840413 [55 Series] [Δ
Maurer, Simon; Bischof, Marco & Bischof, Werner, 2008, Werner Bischof Pictures, (Steidl) isbn-10: 3865212654 isbn-13: 978-3865212658 [Δ
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Wikipedia has a biography of this photographer.Show on this siteGo to website
Getty Research, Los Angeles, USA has an ULAN (Union List of Artists Names Online) entry for this photographer. This is useful for checking names and they frequently provide a brief biography. Go to website
Grove Art Online ( has a biography of this artist. 
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Magnum Photos ... 
Probably the world‘s most famous photo agency for photojournalists. Use this site to access the portfolios, biographies of the many notable Magnum photographers. Where there are books by the photographers the website frequently includes the photographs used. 

Printed biographies

The following books are useful starting points to obtain brief biographies but they are not substitutes for the monographs on individual photographers.

• Auer, Michele & Michel 1985 Encyclopedie Internationale Des Photographes de 1839 a Nos Jours / Photographers Encylopaedia International 1839 to the present (Hermance, Editions Camera Obscura) 2 volumes [A classic reference work for biographical information on photographers.] 
• Beaton, Cecil & Buckland, Gail 1975 The Magic Eye: The Genius of Photography from 1839 to the Present Day (Boston and Toronto: Little, Brown & Company) p.210 [Useful short biographies with personal asides and one or more example images.] 
• Capa, Cornell (ed.) 1984 The International Center of Photography: Encyclopedia of Photography (New York, Crown Publishers, Inc. - A Pound Press Book) p.63-64 
• International Center of Photography 1999 Reflections in a Glass Eye: Works from the International Center of Photography Collection (New York: A Bulfinch Press Book) p.209 [Includes a well written short biography on Werner Bischof with example plate(s) earlier in book.] 
• Lenman, Robin (ed.) 2005 The Oxford Companion to the Photograph (Oxford: Oxford University Press)  [Includes a short biography on Werner Bischof.] 

Useful printed stuff

If there is an analysis of a single photograph or a useful self portrait I will highlight it here.

• Gruber, Renate and L. Fritz Gruber 1982 The Imaginary Photo Museum (New York: Harmony Books) p.241 
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