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René Burri

9 April, 1933 (Zürich, Switzerland) - 20 October, 2014 (Zürich, Switzerland)

Education: Between 1949 and 1953, Burri studied at the Zurich School of Applied Arts. After obtaining his diploma, he was first attracted to the cinema and worked briefly as an assistant camera operator for Walt Disney Productions in Switzerland. But he ultimately chose to pursue photography, working with major magazines like Life in the 1950s and joining the Magnum agency in 1959.

Aesthetic: While Burri is one of the leading lights of 20th century photojournalism, he also maintained a lifelong love of graphic design and personal expression. In his more than 60-year career, he covered major historical, political and cultural events, shooting celebrity portraits of the likes of Che Guevara, Pablo Picasso, Giacometti and Le Corbusier that have reached iconic status.

Inspiration: His photography professors Hans Finsler, Alfred Willimann and the expressionist painter Johannes Itten from the Zurich School of Applied Arts; documentary cinema, and the French photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson.

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