René Burri; the iconic Swiss photographer, whom we lost at these times in 2014 at the age of 81, takes us on a journey through six images from his archive, photographing figures like Che Guevara chain-smoking in his office in 1963, Pablo Picasso in Cannes in 1957 and American G.I.s being entertained in a brothel in Seoul in 1961.

He also recalls his iconic 1960 São Paulo photograph ‘Men on a Rooftop, 1960’, shooting the San Cristobal Stables in Mexico city in 1976 and the reopening of the Suez Canal in 1974, explaining why modern techniques like photoshopping are getting in the way of our pursuit for the truth…

Burri had a way of seeing that allowed him to find the otherwise unseen moments of life, a gift that he explained, in simpler terms, as showing what the world looked like. In this film, the late photographer discusses six of his most famous works.

CUBA. 1963, Havana. Ernesto GUEVARA (Che), Argentinian politician, Minister of Industry (1961-1965) during an exclusive interview in his office. © Rene Burri / Magnum Photos

CUBA. 1963, Havana. Ernesto GUEVARA (Che), Argentinian politician, Minister of Industry (1961-1965) during an exclusive interview in his office. © Rene Burri / Magnum Photos

René Burri

1960 BRAZIL. Sao Paulo © Rene Burri / Magnum Photos

FRANCE. Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region. Alpes-Maritimes. Town of Cannes. 1957. Spanish painter Pablo PICASSO at the Villa "La Californie". © René Burri / Magnum Photos

FRANCE. Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur région. Alpes-Maritimes. Town of Cannes. 1957.
Spanish painter Pablo PICASSO at the Villa “La Californie”. © René Burri / Magnum Photos

Women entertaining G.I.s, Tae Song Dong, South Korea, 1961 © René Burri / Magnum Photos

Women entertaining G.I.s, Tae Song Dong, South Korea, 1961 © René Burri / Magnum Photos

The San Cristobal Stables, Mexico City 1976 © René Burri / Magnum Photos

The San Cristobal Stables, Mexico City 1976 © René Burri / Magnum Photos

Suez Canal, Egypt, 1974 © René Burri / Magnum Photos

Suez Canal, Egypt, 1974 © René Burri / Magnum Photos

Credits:


Directed by Anthony Austin
Interview by Matt Willey
Produced by Helena Reis

René Burri became an associate of Magnum Photos in 1955 and received international attention for one of his first reportages, on deaf-mute children, ‘Touch of Music for the Deaf’, published in Life magazine. For more information about him visit his profile on magnum photos.