© René Burri / Magnum, Cuba, 1963. Ernesto Guevara (Che)
During his fifty-year career Magnum photographer René Burri has built a body of work that traces some of the world’s most historically significant moments from East Germany and the USSR before the fall of the Berlin Wall and the Iron Curtain, throughout China and Cuba over several decades, and in Vietnam and the Suez Crisis.
Alongside his iconic black-and-white photojournalist assignments, Burri would take a separate camera with colour film. Published for the first time, these colour images reveal the private, more reflective side of his photographic personality.
In this talk René Burri will discuss his photographic practice over the course of his fifty-year career.
René Burri will be signing copies of his new book Impossible Reminiscences in the Bookshop prior to his talk Wed 24 April 17.00-18.00.
René Burri was born in Zurich in 1933 and spent his early years studying colour, composition and design at the renowned School of 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. After joining Magnum in 1959, his first reportage appeared in Life magazine and he subsequently worked for major news magazines including Look, Bunte, Stern, Geo, Paris Match, Schweizer Illustrierte and Du. Burri received the Dr. Erich Salomon Prize from the German Society of Photography in 1998 in recognition of his lifetime achievement as photojournalist. He lives in Paris.
£10/ £7 concs
24 Apr 2013 - 24 Apr 2013
7:00pm - 9:00pm