René Burri studied at the School of Applied Arts in his native city of Zurich, Switzerland. Burri became an associate of Magnum in 1955, becoming a full member in 1959. He photographed artists such as Picasso, Giacometti and Le Corbusier. In 1963, while working in Cuba, he photographed Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara and his images of the famous revolutionary with his cigar appeared around the world. Burri participated in the creation of Magnum Films in 1965. He opened the Magnum Gallery in Paris in 1962. In 1998 Burri won the Dr Erich Salomon Prize from the German Association of Photography. A large retrospective of his work was held in 2004-2005 at the Maison Européenne de la Photographie in Paris.
René Burri. Akira Kurosawa behind the camera, 1961.