A candid look at Le Corbusier

A revealing glimpse into the world of the Swiss-born French architect through the photographs of René Burri
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René Burri, Le Corbusier arrives at the monastery (1959) Eveux-sur-l'Arbresle

1 / 12 René Burri, Le Corbusier arrives at the monastery (1959) Eveux-sur-l'Arbresle

René Burri, Le Corbusier sits in the library discussing the new monastery

2 / 12 René Burri, Le Corbusier sits in the library discussing the new monastery

René Burri, Construction of the new monastery (1959) Eveux-sur-l'Arbresle

3 / 12 René Burri, Construction of the new monastery (1959) Eveux-sur-l'Arbresle

René Burri, Le Corbusier in his studio (1960) Paris

4 / 12 René Burri, Le Corbusier in his studio (1960) Paris

René Burri, Shell of the Notre Dame du Haut Chapel (1955) Ronchamp

5 / 12 René Burri, Shell of the Notre Dame du Haut Chapel (1955) Ronchamp

René Burri, Roof detail of the Notre Dame du Haut (1955) Ronchamp

6 / 12 René Burri, Roof detail of the Notre Dame du Haut (1955) Ronchamp

René Burri, Candles and the consecration ceremony at Notre Dame du Haut (1955)

7 / 12 René Burri, Candles and the consecration ceremony at Notre Dame du Haut (1955)

René Burri, Consecration of the Notre-Dame du Haut, (1955) Ronchamp

8 / 12 René Burri, Consecration of the Notre-Dame du Haut, (1955) Ronchamp

René Burri, Le Corbusier at work in his studio (1960) Paris

9 / 12 René Burri, Le Corbusier at work in his studio (1960) Paris

René Burri, Le Corbusier at work in his studio (1960) Paris

10 / 12 René Burri, Le Corbusier at work in his studio (1960) Paris

René Burri, Entrance of the Cité Radieuse (1959) Marseille

11 / 12 René Burri, Entrance of the Cité Radieuse (1959) Marseille

René Burri, Children playing at the Cité Radieuse (1959) Marseille

12 / 12 René Burri, Children playing at the Cité Radieuse (1959) Marseille


Magnum photographer René Burri has become famous for a large and revered body of images recording important political events and key cultural and historical figures since he started out in 1946.

Some of our favourite Burri photographs are the many portrait shots he has taken over the years, including fascinating and insightful photographic studies of Che Guevara and a host of artistic figures at work in their studio including Pablo Picasso, Alberto Giacometti and Yves Klein.

The gallery above focuses on his photographs of pioneering Swiss-French architect Le Corbusier, showing him at work on various projects including the Cité Radieuse, the monastery at Eveux-sur-l'Arbresle and the famous Notre-Dame de Haut in Ronchamp.

There are also images of Le Corbusier in his private atelier as well as touching scenes of him visiting monks during the planning stages of the monastery build.

Many of these photographs, as well as the images of Picasso and Che Guevara, along with hundreds more Burri photographs from all over the globe can be found in Phaidon's retrospective monograph on the emminent photographer René Burri, Photographs.

Burri's iconic photographs of Le Corbusier are also included in the visual biography of the architect's career Le Corbusier Le Grand.


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