Zurich. "Zebra woman". 1942., 1942 - Werner Bischof

About the Work

About Zurich. "Zebra woman". 1942.

Zurich. "Zebra woman". 1942. is a highly desirable photograph on account of its gorgeous, clever composition. The nude female figure is not on full display; as she disappears into the jet black background, one half of her curled body is ...

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Zurich. "Zebra woman". 1942. is a highly desirable photograph on account of its gorgeous, clever composition. The nude female figure is not on full display; as she disappears into the jet black background, one half of her curled body is illuminated (and made “zebra-like”) by the streaks of light. Overall, the effect is an understated and refined celebration of both photography and the female body.

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About the Artist

About Werner Bischof

Werner Bischof was born in Switzerland in 1916. He studied photography with Hans Finsler in his native Zurich at the School for Arts and Crafts ...Read More
Werner Bischof was born in Switzerland in 1916. He studied photography with Hans Finsler in his native Zurich at the School for Arts and Crafts, then opened a photography and advertising studio. In 1942 he became a freelancer for Du magazine, which published his first major photo essays in 1943. Bischof received international recognition after the publication of his 1945 reportage on the devastation caused by the Second World War.

In the years that followed, Bischof traveled in Italy and Greece for Swiss Relief, an organization dedicated to post-war reconstruction. In 1948 he photographed the Winter Olympics in St Moritz for Life magazine. After trips to Eastern Europe, Finland, Sweden, and Denmark, he worked for Picture Post, The Observer, Illustrated, and Epoca. He was the first photographer to join Magnum with the founding members in 1949.

Disliking the "superficiality and sensationalism" of the magazine business, he devoted much of his working life to looking for order and tranquility in traditional culture, something that did not endear him to picture editors looking for hot topical material. Nonetheless, he found himself sent to report on famine in India by Life magazine (1951), and he went on to work in Japan, Korea, Hong Kong, and Indochina. The images from these reportages were used in major picture magazines throughout the world.

Tragically, Bischof died in a road accident in the Andes on 16 May 1954, only nine days before Magnum founder Robert Capa lost his life in Indochina.

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Zurich. "Zebra woman". 1942., 1942

Werner Bischof

Photograph
Size Price
12.00" x 16.00" $1,500
Edition of 25

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Description

Silver gelatin print

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Estate stamped

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