"Rene Burri: Photographs" is the culmination of several years of scholarly research by distinguished writer Hans Michael Koetzle into Burri's important contribution to reportage photography.
In 21 thematically-organized chapters, we accompany Burri across Europe to the Middle East, Vietnam, Brazil, Cuba and beyond. We visit Picasso, Le Corbusier, Yves Klein and Giacometti in their studios; we witness political figures such as Che Guevara in repose, and Fidel Castro at the helm.
The book begins with an introduction that describes the history, politics and artistic influences that have colored Burris work. Each of the 21 chapters is accompanied by color-coded bands for easy reference (for example, Chapter 2 on Picasso is accompanied by blue bands; Chapter 14 on Germany, green bands). Each of the chapters begins with a 2-page essay which gives an overview of the images in that particular section, the time period and political climate, and the circumstances that drew Burri to photograph the subject. In addition, each image in the book is accompanied by a caption detailing the place, year and event. The book is designed by prominent Swiss graphic designer Werner Jeker of ADN Design, Lausanne.
Size: 12 x 9 1/5"
Publisher : Phaidon Press, Ltd. (London, 2004); "Photographies", Phaidon (Paris, 2004)