René Burri, Che Guevara, Havana, Cuba, 1963, ©René Burri/Magnum Photos Baryta Print, signed by the photographer
For the season opening 2017/18, Bildhalle is delighted to be able to announce a solo exhibition by one of Switzerland’s most revered and famous photographers. In close cooperation with his family, this will be the first solo show since René Burri’s passing in 2014 and is meant to commemorate this «Humanist with Camera».
René Burri brought us now-famous icons of 20th Century’s history of photography. As an extensively traveling MAGNUM photographer, he also took us to all corners of the world through his vivid photo reportages. His photographs, always interested in the issues, are engaged, complex and empathetic. René Burri didn’t just want to document the world, he also wanted to change it with his images. The exhibition at Bildhalle will present an impressive selection of his signed gelatin silver and c-prints, emphasizing his formal and dynamic visual language while also providing one or the other surprise.
René Burri, Building by Luis Barragan, Mexico-City, 1976, ©René Burri/Magnum Photos
Analogue C-Print, signed by the photographer
RENÉ BURRI (1933-2014, CH)
René Burri studied at the School of Applied Arts in his native city of Zurich, Switzerland. From 1953 to 1955 he worked as a documentary film-maker and began to use a Leica while doing his military service.
Burri became an associate of Magnum in 1955 and received international attention for one of his first reportages, on deaf-mute children, «Touch of Music for the Deaf», published in Life magazine. In 1956 he traveled throughout Europe and the Middle East, and then went to Latin America, where he made a series on the gauchos that was published by Du magazine in 1959. It was also for this Swiss periodical that he photographed artists such as Picasso, Giacometti and Le Corbusier. He became a full member of Magnum in 1959, and started work on his book «Die Deutschen», published in Switzerland in 1962, and by Robert Delpire the following year with the title Les Allemands. In 1963, while working in Cuba, he photographed Ernesto ‚Che‘ Guevara during an interview by an American journalist. His images of the famous revolutionary with his cigar appeared around the world. Burri participated in the creation of Magnum Films in 1965, and afterwards spent six months in China, where he made the film The Two Faces of China produced by the BBC. He opened the Mag-
num Gallery in Paris in 1962, while continuing his activities as a photographer; at the same time he made collages and drawings.
In 1998 Burri won the Dr Erich Salomon Prize from the German Association of Photography. A big retrospective of his work was held in 2004-2005 at the Maison Européenne de la Photographie in Paris and toured many other European museums. René Burri lives and works in Zurich and Paris. René Burri passed away at the age of 81 on October 20, 2014.
René Burri, Men on a rooftop, Sao Paulo, Brazil, 1960, ©René Burri/Magnum Photos
Baryta Print, signed by the photographer