All photographs by Andreas Baier
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Leica Camera AG writes: «Many of his photographs are part of our collective visual memory – without a doubt, René Burri was one of the greatest photographers of our times.» The camera company continues: «A full member of ‹Magnum Photos› since 1959, René Burri impacted 20th century photography like few others. Never satisfied with a simple form of visual documentation, the photographer was always looking for unique perspectives and aesthetically demanding solutions, resulting in multi-layered images with a spontaneous yet precise composition.»
As a happy subscriber of L’Oeil de la Photograpie’s newsletter we received an invitation we spontaneously decided to take full advantage of it: «Commemoration : In memory of René Burri» – «In memory of René Burri who passed away on October 20th, 2014, the Burri-Bischof family and Magnum Photos Agency would like to invite you to a commemoration in his honour. This tribute takes place on Monday, February 16th, 2015 at 8pm at Odéon-Théatre de l’Europe, Paris.»
Our report about this happening is based on photography, so we will now end the written part of it. Only one more thing: the evening was great, it came along with some intellectual surprises and was purposefully positioned in a quite comfortable laid-back-zone. In other words, it was Paris to best our knowledge: filled with culture and art.
Well, one more last thing: at the moment our staff-photographer seems to be on a strange visual trip as he mixes visual large-grain-habits from the 1960s with photoshop blurs in the same images. We pray to god that this period might end soon but right now we feel helpless … anyway: enjoy.
If you have eaten just one piece of these gently gleeming and very well tasting chocolate cakes and do not feel hungry for the next three days, or so, then you know that you must be in France.
We already had him here, together with Franco Fontana, 1988 in Arles.
View from the balcony to the right side.
While having done some research on the internet, seriously driven by the initial intention of infringing René Burri’s copyright through the unauthorised usage of some of his amazing photographs in this very same article, we came across some interesting links you will find in the following: Steidl | Diogenes – «Mouvement» – not published yet, PHAIDON – «Impossible Reminiscences», Moser Verlag – «Blackout New York», Das Magazin – Burris T-Shirt, Achtung Photography – René Burri: Die Deutschen, Le blog photo – «Impossibles Réminiscences» René Burri à la Galerie Esther Woerdehoff, René Burri on artnet, Edition Dino Simonett – «RENÉ BURRI, BERNER BLITZ», Edition Dino Simonett – «RENÉ BURRI, NOUS SOMMES TREIZE À TABLE», Edition Dino Simonett – «RENÉ BURRI, 77 STRANGE SENSATIONS», Leica Rumours – «Leica Hall of Fame 2013: René Burri», Visible – «René Burri: Posted In Inspiration», Real Life Is Elsewhere – «René Burri», Art & Photography – «René Burri, 1933 – 2014», The Branders – «René Burri – “I’m Not a Purist”», Delirium Magazine – «RIP. René Burri», Entre Linha – «Morre o fotógrafo René Burri», Photographers Without Borders – «Speaking through photography with René Burri», Filmsnotdead – «Remembering Magnum photographer René Burri», Photo This & That – «René Burri», Le Monde – «Portfolio: René Burri», The National – «The UAE through his lens: René Burri, 1933-2014», Michele Roohani – «René Burri, one degree of separation between me and Che Guevara», Eric Kim Street Photography Blog – «10 Things Street Photographers Can Learn From Magnum Contact Sheets», Foto Post – «René Burri: Havana, 1963»
«What counts is putting the intensity that you yourself have experienced into the picture. Otherwise it’s just a document.» – René Burri