13 September 2007

René Burri

Many of René Burri’s images have become icons of the 20th century—Che Guevara smoking a cigar, a group of men on the roof of a skyscraper, architect Le Corbusier—but to many, those works are just the tip of the iceberg.

Burri and Dino Simonett worked together for two years re-editing and discovering “unseen” images from Burri’s immense archive, culminating a book, published in honor of Burri’s 65th birthday in 1998.

The oft hard to find 77 Strange Sensations presents a personal, completely subjective "fountain-of-youth-selection" of Burri’s work, each photograph capturing and revealing to us at least one "strange sensation."

Maria Callas, Philadelphia, 1959.

Akihiro Maruyama, a transvestite, with his driver in a Rolls Royce in the nightclub district of Tokyo, 1980. click to enlarge

A boy covered in ritual body painting, Liberia, 1975.

Sailors of the U.S. Sixth Fleet visit Beirut, Lebanon, 1962.

WURZBURG, Germany—1959.

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