Werner Bischof: one of the original members of Magnum, and one of the greatest photographers of all time:
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1. Uncover the truth behind the world
I felt compelled to venture forth and explore the true face of the world. Leading a satisfying life of plenty had blinded many of us to the immense hardships beyond our borders.
2. Combat poverty and injustice in the world:
I believe it is one of our biggest tasks—the task of our life—to do everything possible to counter poverty and to build a freedom-loving future.
3. Always stay an artist
I’m just no newspaper reporter. I’m at the mercy of the big newspapers. It won’t do. I’ve been prostituting myself, but now I’ve had enough. Deep inside me I still am- and always will be- an artist.
4. Raising awareness through photography; don’t make the public ignore you!
In the long run I don’t think anyone can overlook these images of hunger, that people can ignore all my pictures—no, definitely not. And even if only a vague impression remains, in time this will create a basis that will help people distinguish between what is good and what is objectionable.
5. What does war bring?
When the war came, with it came the destruction of my ivory tower. Henceforth my attention would focus on the face of human suffering, something I saw a thousand times over on the Swiss-Austrian border… stranded children and old people, behind them exploding grenades and speeding armored cars.
Some of my favorite photos by Werner Bischof: