[Photographer, b. 1916, Zürich, Switzerland, d. 1954, Peña de Aguila, Peru.]
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.
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.
I am powerless against the great magazines—I am an artist, and I will always be that.
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.