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Post for Wednesday, May 22, 2013


rene burri che guevara

  Rene Buri_Magnum Photos San Cristoibal, Mexico


The image of Che Guevara is iconic. Notice the composition of the image, the subject, the the perspective, the background, and the cigar smoke. Now look at the image on the right. Notice  the composition, the subject, the the perspective, the background, and the water.

Whether you think there are similarities in the two images above or not, one definite similarity is they were taken by the same photographer!

As stated by Art Limited,

 Swiss Magnum photographer René Burri, … for years led a double life – one in black and white and one in color. Many of his pictures, such as the one of Che Guevara smoking a cigar, or his photos of Le Corbusier are known throughout the world. In contrast up until recently his color photography received little recognition. On the occasion of Burri’s 80th birthday we close this gap and present for the first time his largely unknown color work along with the short stories behind his icons in black and white.

The Museum für Gestaltung, Zurich and the New Media

The Museum für Gestaltung presents, René Burri A Double Life:

René Burri helped shape the history of photography in the 20th century. Many of his images, such as the cigar-smoking Che Guevara or the works on Le Corbusier, are known throughout the world. Burri meticulously archived all his photo-essays in the form of contact prints that allow us follow how the photographer approached his themes, subjects, and the people he portrayed – the stories behind the icons become visible. Parallel to his work in black and white, Burri also always worked in color and in this sense can be said to have led a kind of double life. His interest was never merely the photographic document as such – he always searched for a formal and aesthetically satisfying solution. Besides this, Burri also created non-commissioned works that reflect his delight in experimentation and his artistic ambitions. For his 80th birthday and to mark the comprehensive donation to its collections, the Museum pays homage to René Burri and with these works presents a largely unknown area of this great Swiss photographer’s creative oeuvre.

Museum für Gestaltung, Photography, Zurich, Switzerland
Wednesday June 5, 2013 – Sunday October 13, 2013

René Burri at Magnum Photos

When you look at René Burri’s work for Magnum Photos,  shows the depth of his work  – Churchill, Picasso, Le Corubusiser, Cuba, Viet Nam, and more.

Here is his work in the book, Photographs, Photographs- Rene Buri_Magnum Photowhere you can 315 of his images from the book, courtesy of Burri and Magnum, and Phaidon for free.

This shows that the artist and the publisher are not afraid to use the New Media to provide the work, free.  Contrast this with the attitude of e-book publishers.

It also shows that the use of the New Media to present Art does not have to have a lot of bells and whiseles, and does not to have to involve complicated technology.

René Burri: “I never thought I would become a photographer.”

Here is a video of René Burri on his work in color:


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