Swiss-born Werner Bischof (1916-54) was an outstanding photojournalist of the post-war years. When his career was cut short by his untimely death, aged 38, in a car accident in the Andes, he was a member of the prestigious photo agency Magnum, and his work was sought after by numerous international news magazines.
He began his career in Zürich as an advertising photographer. Unable to remain a passive observer, it was the destruction wreaked by World War II that led him into photojournalism, his mission taking him to India, Korea, Vietnam, Mexico, the United States and Peru. He believed that reportage photography could raise awareness and thereby effect real change to bring about a better world.
Photography is the visual medium of the modern world. It pervades our lives and shapes our perceptions. 55 is an ongoing series of beautifully produced, pocket-sized books that explore all aspects and styles of photography. They celebrate the world's most important photographers from the spheres of art, photojournalism, science, street photography, fashion photography and travel photography.
Each volume of 128 pages focuses on an individual master's life work and its development. It features 55 of their key works presented chronologically with an accessible introduction and critical commentaries, telling both the photographer's story and the story of the world that shaped their views.
Claude Cookman earned a doctorate in the History of Photography from Princeton University before working as a journalist for 18 years. Since 1990 he has taught History of Photography at Indiana University