Rene Burri: Impossible Reminiscences
As a world-renowned photojournalist and celebrated member of Magnum photo agency, René Burri's photographs have had a huge influence on our visual understanding of the major political and cultural events of the second half of the twentieth century. From his iconic shot of Che Guevara smoking a cigar, to his beautifully composed photographs of the construction of Brasilia, his black-and-white photography is ingrained in the collective consciousness.
Previously less-known are his colour photographs that he has continually taken alongside his black-and-white work. This book introduces, for the first time, a retrospective of his personal selection of colour photographs.
With a selection - edited in close collaboration with Burri - of solely colour photographs, colour remains at the centre of this book. The photographs are arranged according to a colour selection rather than date, place or topic. It also includes childhood paintings by Burri that reveal an early understanding and appreciation of colour.
The photographs, sometimes seemingly abstract, sometimes documentary, capture fleeting moments in people's everyday lives and the vitality or atmosphere of a certain place and time. These moments, frozen by Burri's camera, are intimate portraits of the people and places Burri has come across throughout his extraordinary career that has taken him across the globe, from the 1950s to now.
From his stories and memories, the book reveals the world through Burri's eyes, and demonstrates how he filters the world around him through his camera lens.
In a back section with photograph thumbnails and captions, Burri - with his signature charisma - talks openly about the inspirations, motivations and events around each photograph, giving readers a great insight into how one of the world's best-loved photographers works.
'This treasure trove of colour photographs from one of the legends of black and white photography is startling in both its breadth and its mastery of the medium. If there is anything impossible about Impossible Reminiscences, it is that it has taken so long for this incredible body of work to get the recognition it deserves.' Alec Soth 'As if from nowhere Rene Burri compiles a full book of new colour photographs, most of which we have not seen before. It easily demonstrates that he is a master of colour as well as black and white, and one of the great figures of 20th century photography.' Martin Parr