Werner Bischof (1916-1954) was a Swiss designer, photographer and photojournalist. He pursued, during his short life, a double quest. That of a certain order of things, magnified by a constantly controlled sense of light, but also that of a social order disrupted by wars. His images of near universal chaos, from famine in India to Peru, where he died in an accident in 1956, are famous.
The first of several books published by Robert Delpire is Japon (1955), the only one issued while Bischof was alive, It won the first edition of the prestigious Nadar Prize in 1955.