Envisioning Asia: Gandhi and Mao in the photographs of Walter Bosshard

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The exhibition is presented in collaboration with Critical Collective and Fotostiftung Schweiz. The Swiss photographer Walter Bosshard (1892–1975) was a pioneer in the field of photojournalism. A master of both the word and the camera, he made a name for himself as a bridge builder between Asia and Europe, reporting on key political events and daily life in Asia in the 1930s. Today, his photographs and films are a rich source of information for understanding global history. Today nearly 90 years later, his photographs offer a compelling comparison between two dominant figures of Asia, Mahatma Gandhi and Mao Zedong as viewed from a single lens. Photographs of the Dandi March and the training of the Red Army, the message of nationalism and the symbols of resistance that these leaders adopted, reveal salient aspects of Asia’s history.

FEB 23, 2019 – MAR 24, 2019        10:00 am – 6:00 pm


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