René Burri: Impossible Reminiscences
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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.
The photographs, sometimes seemingly abstract, sometimes documentary, capture fleeting moments in people’s everyday lives and the vitality or atmosphere of a certain place and time. These moments, frozen by Burri’s camera, are intimate portraits of the people and places Burri has come across throughout his extraordinary career that has taken him across the globe, from the 1950s to now.
From his stories and memories, the book reveals the world through Burri’s eyes, and demonstrates how he filters the world around him through his camera lens.
In a back section with photograph thumbnails and captions, Burri – with his signature charisma – talks openly about the inspirations, motivations and events around each photograph, giving readers a great insight into how one of the world’s best-loved photographers works. Specifications:
- Format: Hardback
- Size: 315 x 280 mm (12 3/8 x 11 in)
- Pages: 240 pp
- Illustrations: 172 illustrations
- ISBN: 9780714864969
"This treasure trove of colour photographs from one of the legends of black and white photography is startling in both its breadth and its mastery of the medium. If there is anything impossible about Impossible Reminiscences, it is that it has taken so long for this incredible body of work to get the recognition it deserves."—Alec Soth
"As if from nowhere Rene Burri compiles a full book of new colour photographs, most of which we have not seen before. It easily demonstrates that he is a master of colour as well as black and white, and one of the great figures of 20th century photography."—Martin Parr
"Born in Switzerland in 1933, René Burri first picked up a Leica during his military service. One of the remarkable things about Burri's career, was that from the mid-1950s he worked with both black and white and color. Often, Hans-Michael Koetzle writes in his essay that accompanies Burri's new book, Impossible Reminiscences, photographers are great at one or the other, or move on from black and white to color and seldom look back professionally. '[Burri] did the one without abandoning the other,' Koetzle writes. Impossible Reminiscences features more than 170 of Burri's lesser-known color images, drawn and edited by Burri from his archive over the course of eight years, and accompanied by his personal reminiscences."—Photo District News
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