René Burri, Winston Churchill (1946), Zurich, Switzerland

Iconic photographs by René Burri

Key cultural figures of the 20th century


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Swiss Magnum Photographer René Burri took his first pictures as a child using his father’s camera, one of which was a portrait of Winston Churchill in Zurich in 1946, which shows his nascent skill and ability for composition.

Burri has said that he never waits for the perfect moment to take a photograph; instead he quickly captures what is happening in front of the camera, which comes to include a distinctive picture.

Burri has captured iconic images of key cultural figures of the 20th century, including Le Corbusier and Giacometti; his account of the major politicians and personalities that he has made a part of his life show why Burri is of one of the world's greatest living photographers.