The Photography of Rene Burri

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Photographers may be among the artists whose images can become more famous than they are. At least that’s true for the globe trotting photographer Rene Burri. You might not know his name, but you’ve almost certainly seen his work: from Picasso’s Paris and Franco’s Spain, to war-torn Vietnam, to that iconic image of a young Che Guevara chomping defiantly on a cigar at the Cuban Ministry of Industry .

The story of Burri’s career is the story of the last half of the 20th century, with all its conflicts and characters. Burri shot portraits, and architecture, and though he often took assignments as a photojournalist, he was never without his artful eye, and his talent for finding the human face in history.


Rene Burri, photographer