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A candid look at Le Corbusier

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


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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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