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Lausanne : Werner Bischof, giving form to human condition

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The Musée de l’Elysée in Lausanne, Switzerland, holds a vast retrospective of the work of the Zurich artist Werner Bischof, a meteor of the 1940s’ and 50s’ photojournalism. The centenary of the birth of this aesthete-photographer provides an opportunity to take an in-depth look at his work, from the beginnings to the artist’s tragic end in 1954. On May 16 of that year, Werner Bischof died in a car accident on a mountain road in the Andes, in Peru. He had just celebrated his thirty-eighth birthday. He had been a member of Magnum Photos for five years and collaborated with some of the biggest magazines at the time, including Life.

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