Rene Burri: the analogic clown"I never thought I would become a photographer." he said when he met Henri Cartier-Bresson who helped him become one of the most powerful street photographer world has ever known (in my opinion). His secret: "don't take it seriously!"More Like This
René Burri studied at the School of Applied Arts in his native city of Zurich, Switzerland. From 1953 to 1955 he worked as a documentary film-maker and began to use a Leica while doing his military service. Burri became an associate of Magnum 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.
In 1956 he traveled throughout Europe and the Middle East, and then went to Latin America, where he made a series on the gauchos that was published by Du magazine in 1959. It was also for this Swiss periodical that he photographed artists such as Picasso, Giacometti and Le Corbusier. He became a full member of Magnum in 1959, and started work on h
William Klein and the motion blurTwo masters of photography sign the entry of photography in contemporary art. Robert Frank's book "The Americans", and William Klein "New York" initiate a revolution: photography is seen as a break with the old school and their clean and perfect images (Cartier-Bresson, Doisneau, etc.): deframing, fuzzy, grain, movement and camera shake, strong contrasts.More Like This
It adopts the lesson of Capa: "If your pictures are not good, it's because you're not close enough". Klein has imposed a style and a look to the "instinctive" photo. The reality is experienced with subjectivity as it is shown. Sometimes disturbing, sometimes violent.
William Klein has said that blur is part of photography's own language. This picture below wouldn't have made the edit for a lot of street photographers working in 1961, or today, but he recognises that this is photography doing what only photography can do. It's part of the 'medium specificity' of the camera to signify movement in this way. In another of his