René Burri: Impossible Reminiscences


The largely unpublished colour photographs of the world’s greatest living humanist photographer


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Price: USD$100.00


ABOUT THE BOOK

As a world-renowned photojournalist and celebrated member of Magnum photo agency, René Burri’s photographs have had a huge influence on our visual understanding of the major political and cultural events of the second half of the twentieth century. From his iconic shot of Che Guevara smoking a cigar, to his beautifully composed photographs of the construction of Brasilia, his black-and-white photography is ingrained in the collective consciousness.

Previously less-known are his colour photographs that he has continually taken alongside his black-and-white work. This book introduces, for the first time, a retrospective of his personal selection of colour photographs.

With a selection – edited in close collaboration with Burri – of solely colour photographs, colour remains at the centre of this book. The photographs are arranged according to a colour selection rather than date, place or topic. It also includes childhood paintings by Burri that reveal an early understanding and appreciation of colour.

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SPECIFICATIONS
Hardback
315 x 280 mm (12 3/8 x 11 in)
240 pp
172 colour photographs
9780714864969 | 071486496X


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

René Burri was born in Zurich in 1933 and spent his early years studying composition, colour and design at the School for Arts and Crafts in Zurich. It was during his military service that Burri first used a Leica camera. Shortly after, he also developed an interest in film, and from 1953–55 he worked as a documentary filmmaker. Burri’s life changed forever when the well-known photographer Werner Bischof introduced him to the prestigious photography agency Magnum Photos. Shortly after joining Magnum, his first reportage appeared in Life magazine. He continues to photograph and publish his work today.


IN THE PRESS

'Burri has always led a double life, as celebrated in a new book of his colour work to mark his 80th birthday. Throughout his career, Burri travelled with two cameras, freely switching between black-and-white and colour photography; and in a post-war period when the latter was considered vulgar due to its associations with advertising, he unlocked its artistic potential.' The Independent

RENÉ BURRI TALKS ABOUT HIS COLOUR PHOTOGRAPHY

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