In the aftermath of World War II, Capa, Cartier-Bresson, Chim and Rodger decided to divide the world among themselves and document it in a comprehensive and sincere way, free now from the sensational wartime requirements of the media. Werner Bischof soon joined them, leaving his commercial photography job to record the postwar struggles in a newly liberated Europe. He committed himself fully to long-term projects, convinced that his photographs could alter the course of things. He wanted to reveal an unknown side of the world. He was recognized by the American congress for his reporting on hunger in Asia.
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