Luis Barragán

A photographic tribute to Mexico's most celebrated architect by the Magnum photographer.

René Burri


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About the book

One of the key figures in modern architecture, Luis Barragán's (1902-88) influence has travelled far beyond his Mexican homeland, culminating in his reception of architecture's most prestigious award, the Pritzker Prize, in 1980. His architecture represents a strongly personal vision. Inspired by the vernacular style of his native country, his passion for Moorish architecture and desire for spiritual beauty and harmony with nature, he set about creating serenity and enchantment in his buildings and gardens.

Photographer René Burri visited Barragán and photographed his work on several trips to Mexico in the 1960s and 70s. Here Burri pays tribute to his friend, reflecting the spirit of the man, capturing the essence of his architecture, and creating the sense of peace and contemplation that is at the heart of his work.

In The Press

'In this slim and refreshingly unassuming volume, Swiss photographer René Burri seeks to interpret the essence of legendary Mexican artist and architect Luis Barragán's work and, in the process, creates something approaching a work of art in its own right … On the whole, 'Barragán by Burri' puts one in mind of some of Georgia O'Keefe's most rigorous canvasses - which cast a hypnotic spell, putting the reader in a quasi-meditative mood. Among recent publications, perhaps one of the most perfect gifts to give to someone else - or to treat yourself to.' (Lürzer's International Archive)

'The photos are well captured, the mood peaceful and calm. It is in effect, a very well laid out book. Anyone with a love of design or architecture will enjoy browsing through this book, reading the quotes, studying the photos, and also gaining a good insight into the mind of Luis Barragán … A lovely ode to Luis Barragán's work and some beautiful architectural visuals.' (Feng Shui for Modern Living)

About the author(s)

Photographer and film-maker René Burri was born in Switzerland and studied at the Zurich School of Art. At the age of 23 he published his first story in Life magazine and three years later, in 1959 he became a full member of the now legendary photo agency Magnum. A monograph that charts his entire career is also published by Phaidon.

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