René Burri learned how to capture aesthetically pure, artfully composed and illuminated objects – in characteristically Swiss style – at the Zurich School of Art and Design, where he was taught by none other than Hans Fisler, the supreme master of subtle gray tones. The artistic climate of the early 1950s was incredibly conducive to this austere style that Burri would eventually come to perfect and make his own. Pictured here, a man exercises on a beach in Fort Lauderdale, not far from the port where nuclear submarines are stationed.

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