On my first post in the section inspiration, I want to show some pictures from the Swiss Photographer Rene Burri.
Magnum Photographer, his amazing work is certainly worth the consideration.
A short Bio (from Wikipedia):
Burri studied at the Kunstgewerbeschule Zürich from 1949 to 1953, where he worked under Hans Finsler, Alfred Willimann and Johannes Itten. From 1953 to 1955 he began working as a documentary filmmaker while completing military service. During this time he also began working with Leica cameras. Then he worked for Disney as a cameraman until 1955. From 1956 to 1959 he traveled extensively to places including Turkey, Egypt, Syria, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Italy, France, Spain, Greece, Brazil, and Japan, which led to publications in Life, Look, Stern, Paris-Match, Réalités, Epoca, and New York Times, as well as a photographic essay “El Gaucho” which appeared in Du.
Burri first began working with Magnum Photos in 1955 through Werner Bischof, becoming a full member in 1959 and being elected chair of Magnum France in 1982. His first report “Touch of Music for the Deaf” on deaf-mute children was published by Life. In 1965 he assisted with the creation of Magnum Films which led to his work on the Magnum-BBC joint production of, The Two Faces of China. In 1967 he produced a documentary on the Six-Day War in Jerusalem for German television. He produced the film Jean Tinguely in 1972.
In 1963 Burri was working in Cuba when he was able to photograph the revolutionary Che Guevara; these images of Guevara smoking a cigar have become iconic. Notably, after taking the photos, Burri remembers Guevara “scaring the hell out of him”. Describing a situation where an angry Che was pacing his tiny office like “a caged tiger”, while being interviewed by an American woman from Look. While “hectoring” the reporter and “chomping on his cigar”, Che suddenly looked Burri straight in the eye and told him “if I catch up with your friend Andy, I’ll cut his throat” (while slowly drawing his finger across his neck). Andy was Andrew St. George, a fellow Magnum photographer, who had travelled with Che in the Sierra Maestra, and then later filed reports for American intelligence.
As it is stated on www.widewalls.ch, Rene Burri was one of the greatest post-war photographers, and had an unrivaled ability to tell stories and entertain us over time. His photographic works were always focused on the subject, committed, complex and emphatic. A traveler who always felt at home wherever he was, his world was incomprehensibly big, but always formulated concretely. He captured the inner sanctums of artists and revolutionaries. His most iconic portraits – of Pablo Picasso, Che Guevara, the Swiss artist Alberto Giacometti and the architect Le Corbusier – were born out of perseverance. Known for his enquiring nature, he had the elusive skill – a canny instinct for a picture, and the wily persistence to get it. “A photograph is a moment,” Burri said in a 2010 interview with The Guardian, “when you press the button, it will never come back.”
If you like to study Rene Burri’s work:
- René Burri Impossible Reminiscences
- René Burri – Leica Hall of Fame 2013
- René Burri Photographs by René Burri
Study over the internet: