Magnum Photographer René Burri Passes Away

René Burri (1933–2014)

René Burri (1933–2014)

René Burri, the legendary photographer behind some of the most iconic images of Che Guevara and Picasso is no more. The Swiss-based Magnum photographer passed away on Monday in Zurich, at the age of 81.

Burri became an associate of Magnum in 1955, and received worldwide attention and acclaim for his work around deaf and mute children, called Touch of Music for the Deaf. He had covered major political events around the world, and made images that have left their marks in the worldwide photography consciousness.

His name became synonymous with the iconic portrait of Che Guevara with a cigar in his mouth, which he had shot in Havana in 1961. In 1998, he won Dr Erich Salomon Prize from the German Association of Photography.

In a statement released by Magnum Photos, President Martin Parr said,

“Not only was he one of the great post war photographers, he was also one of the most generous people I have had the privilege to meet. His contribution to Magnum and his unrivalled ability to tell stories and entertain us over this time will be part of his enormous legacy…Our thoughts and best wishes go out to his family.”

We at Better Photography offer our heartfelt condolences to René Burri’s family. The photography community has lost one of the greatest photographers of our times.

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