Art & Photography

René Burri: Reminiscences

As news of his death ripples through the photographic world, we celebrate the work of one of the most iconic photographers of our time

It was with great sadness we heard the news of René Burri’s death yesterday.

Burri was one of the greatest photographers of his generation, starting his career with Magnum in 1956. Covering events around the world, he captured the biggest political names of the post-war period, including his iconic image of Che Guevara smoking a cigar, portraits of Fidel Castro and images of the leading pioneers in art, design and architecture, Picasso, Yves Klein and Le Corbusier.

Burri leaves behind a legacy of more than 30,000 images. In this film, shot last year to coincide with the release of his book Impossible Reminiscences, Burri talks Senior Editor Matt Willey through a selection of six images.