Stephen Barber, founder of the Prix Pictet, said Schmidt died Saturday, three days after learning that he had won the 100,000 Swiss franc photography prize.
Schmidt’s death was first reported by German art magazine Monopol, citing unnamed relatives.
Born in Berlin months after the end of World War II, Schmidt was known for capturing the city’s inhabitants and its concrete landscapes in stark black and white images.
Schmidt’s work has been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, and is currently on display in an exhibition at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum until June 14.
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