We mourn but celebrate the life of René Burri today. Many will remember him for his iconic Che Guevara and Picasso photographs and his more recent hard-edged political reportage, but I will remember him especially for his series on Brasilia, which combined image making on an epic scale with warm humanism, reminiscent of Salgado. His Brasilia work can be seen here: http://tinyurl.com/csyyhwu.
Having lived most of my early life in Rio, I am also very fond of his beach photographs:
My favourite quote from him?
“This camera,” he says, raising his Leica in his hand, “today is like my notebook, I’m still interested!” — Burri – aged 80 years old.
It gets in the blood doesn’t it?