Werner Bischof “Unseen Colour” at MASI, Lugano

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Greatest identified for his black and white reportage work, shot everywhere in the world, Bischof was an artist famend for iconic photos that bear witness to warfare and seize humanity at its truest. Because the title suggests, the exhibition in MASI highlights an alternate, lesser-known facet of his work, increasing our information and picture of this illustrious photographer. In a interval wherein color images was typically snubbed, relegated to the realm of advenising, Bischof was one of many few to know its expressive potential, and it shortly turned a elementary a part of his artistic apply.

The exhibition is designed to supply a free-wheeling tour in vivid color of the worlds Bischof visited and skilled, and covers the whole span of his profession, presenting beforehand unexhibited photos taken utilizing three completely different cameras: a Rolleiflex, with its distinctive sq. negatives, a helpful, pocket-sized Leica, and a Devin Tri-Coloration Digital camera, which was based mostly on the color separation system, and although cumbersome, assured prime quality color rendering. The pictures taken with this digicam are being introduced to the general public for the very first time due to the photographer’s son, Marco Bischof, director of the Bischof archive, who found and investigated the unique glass plates.

The themes featured within the photos are these Bischof is legendary for, and showcase his prowess in combining the aesthetic and emotional components to create superlative compositions. They vary from the formal experiments of his early years to his studio and trend photographs; from his post-war reportage in Europe to his introspective photos of the Far East; from his excursions of the US to his remaining journey to South America. The works on present reveal the Swiss photographer’s nice technical talent and in-depth inventive analysis, one thing which he targeting extra in his later years, boosted by way of color.

The exhibition additionally consists of an introductory part which affords perception into Bischof’s story and his artistic milieu by means of unique negatives and interval paperwork, together with the Devin Tri-Color Digital camera bought for him by the writer of the distinguished magazines “Du” and “Zurcher Illustriert,” and now saved on the Musée Suisse de l’Appareil Photographique in Vevey.

at MASI, Lugano
till July 2, 2023

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