Saturday, 25 October 2014

René Burri, 1933 - 2014

René Burri, Self-Portrait, Coronado, New Mexico, 1973/83
René Burri, photographer, died on 20 October, 2014.
René Burri, a longstanding member of Magnum, was perhaps the archetypal photojournalist in the heyday of that profession: he travelled the world filing work for Life, Paris-Match, Stern, Du, The Sunday Times and many others. He covered the Vietnam War, the Suez crisis, made work with Picasso, Le Corbusier and Che Guevara. In her obituary notice Amanda Hopkinson says he "combined an ability to get along with people with Henri Cartier-Bresson’s knack for disappearing into a crowd."
Read obituaries in The Guardian, The New York Times and at Phaidon; read a short interview with Burri on his 'best shot'; watch a short video in which Burri talks about the making of six of his most iconic photographs; watch a video of Burri talking about colour photography.
René Burri, Che Guevara, 1963
René Burri, Picasso, 1957
René Burri, Sao Paolo, Brazil, 1960

René Burri, Former Summer Palace. Dead lotus flowers on the Kunming Lake, Beijing, 1964
René Burri, San Cristobal, Mexico City, 1976
René Burri, Moscow, 1988
René Burri,Warsaw, 1989
René Burri, Beirut, Lebanon, 1991
René Burri, Havanna, Cuba, 1993

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