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One World

From Richard Nixon's America to Fidel Castro's Cuba, Swiss photographer René Burri uses his iconic images to provides an insight into his experiences as a photographer

Rene Burri

Rene Burri | One World During the Landsgemeinde consultative County assembly. Glarus County, Switzerland. 1955. © Rene Burri | Magnum Photos
Rene Burri | One World Fort Rhotas was built in 1540s by Sher Shah Suri, and subsequently extended and developed by the Mughal Emperor Akbar. Rohtas Fort, South of Rawalpindi, Pakistan. 1963. © Rene Burri | Magnum Photos
Rene Burri | One World Men on rooftop of building. Sao Paulo, Brazil. 1960. © Rene Burri | Magnum Photos
Rene Burri | One World Former Summer Palace. Dead lotus flowers on the Kunming Lake. Beijing, China. 1964. © Rene Burri | Magnum Photos
Rene Burri | One World Ministry of Health, planned by architect Oscar Niemeyer. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. 1960. © Rene Burri | Magnum Photos
Rene Burri | One World Chaplin Theater, Fidel Castro talking to the Latin American Women's congress. Havana, Cuba. 1963. © Rene Burri | Magnum Photos
Rene Burri | One World A prostitute standing at the entrance to a brothel, frequented by GIs. Near Than Son Nut, Saigon, Vietnam. 1973. © Rene Burri | Magnum Photos
Rene Burri | One World Villa La Californie, Spanish painter Pablo Picasso. Cannes, France. 1957. © Rene Burri | Magnum Photos
Rene Burri | One World Man exercising on a beach, not far from the port where nuclear submarines are stationed. Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA. 1966. © Rene Burri | Magnum Photos
Rene Burri | One World US president Richard Nixon. USA. 1974. © Rene Burri | Magnum Photos
Rene Burri | One World French artist Yves Klein directing a model in body art painting. Paris, France. 1961. © Rene Burri | Magnum Photos
Rene Burri | One World Stable, horse pool and house (1967-68) planned by Luis Barragan and Andres Casillas. San Cristobal, Mexico-City, Mexico. 1976. © Rene Burri | Magnum Photos
Rene Burri | One World Miners in a goldmine. Johannesburg, South Africa. 1968. © Rene Burri | Magnum Photos
Rene Burri | One World Women entertaining GIs. Daeseong-dong, South Korea. 1961. © Rene Burri | Magnum Photos
Rene Burri | One World Fair at the Funktower. Berlin. 1959. © Rene Burri | Magnum Photos
Rene Burri | One World Airlift of South Vietnamese troops in an area where several hundred Vietcong soldiers are supposed to be. Tan Hung Dong, South Korea. 1963. © Rene Burri | Magnum Photos
Rene Burri | One World Family. Rhodes, Greece. 1957. © Rene Burri | Magnum Photos

This collection of René Burri’s work gathers about 160 photographs, taken from 1950 to 1983. But it represents much more than any traditional collection: the artist here aims at describing his universe, a world of its own made up by all the experiences of his life as well as by all his artistic attempts at expressing what he felt towards these experiences.

Because of this, the book is peppered with collages and childhood drawings. As a photographer, René Burri was able to be a witness to the major events of his days – to their causes and consequences – and he endeavoured to photograph their main actors: Che Guevara or President Nixon in politics, Picasso or Pablo Casals in the artistic field.

"My work, my life and my artistic ambitions constitute a unity"

- René Burri

His pictures of the reconstruction in Germany proved to be the genesis of a new photographic art that found further expression in his later work on Cuba, Egypt, China, etc.

The book, therefore, does aim at universality, encapsulating all aspects of reality, from political events all over the world to the trivial, private facts of human life.