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100 PHOTOS OF RENÉ BURRI FOR PRESS FREEDOM, THE NEW PHOTO ALBUM OF REPORTERS WITHOUT BORDERS

100 PHOTOS OF RENÉ BURRI FOR PRESS FREEDOM, THE NEW PHOTO ALBUM OF REPORTERS WITHOUT BORDERS

Published on Tuesday 5 April 2011.
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ON SALE ON 3 MAY 2011

A member of the prestigious Magnum Photos agency since 1959, René Burri has turned his incisive and creative eye on all corners of the planet. Born in Switzerland and now aged 77, Burri is regarded as one of the few really legendary figures of photography. His powerful images have celebrated both everyday events and great moments in history.

A politically involved photographer without being a war reporter, Burri has roamed far and wide to capture earth-shaking conflicts on film: from Latin America to the Middle East, from East Berlin to Pakistan, from Vietnam to China. Burri’s passion for history inspired him to create famous series such as the portraits of Che Guevara smoking a cigar and those of Pablo Picasso. Whether photographing São Paulo, Rome’s Stazione Termini or the sculptor Giacometti, he made a major contribution to the 20th century’s visual collective memory.

To pay tribute to the great names of photojournalism, Reporters Without Borders has been publishing collections of photographs since 1992. It now publishes three a year. The entire income from the sale of these books of photos reverts to Reporters Without Borders and covers more than 50 per cent of its budget.

100 photos of René Burri for press freedom will go on sale on newsstands and in bookshops in France on 3 May 2011, World Press Freedom Day.

Reporters Without Borders has been defending press freedom throughout the world for more than 25 years. Whenever the freedom to report or receive the news is threatened, whenever news photographers or reporters are jailed just for doing their job, Reporters Without Borders intervenes, pointing out that no cause can make its voice heard without a free press.

News is precious, let’s protect it together!

  • Lobby of the Termini train station. Rome, Italy, 1956 2011 © René Burri/Magnum Photos
  • Photo taken from the roof of a commercial bank. Sao Paulo, Brazil, 1960 2011 © René Burri/Magnum Photos
  • American soldiers in a club. Tae Son Dong, South Korea, 1961 2011 © René Burri/Magnum Photos
  • Newspaper vendors on Calle Florida. Buenos Aires, Argentina, 1958 2011 © René Burri/Magnum Photos
  • Man exercising on monkey bars. Fort Lauderdale, USA, 1966 2011 © René Burri/Magnum Photos
  • Stable, horse pool and house planned by Luis Barragán and Andrés Casillas. Mexico City, Mexico, 1976 2011 © René Burri/Magnum Photos
  • Che Guevara's emblematic portrait, which appeared for the first time in the 9 April 1963 edition of Look magazine. Havana, Cuba, 1963 2011 © René Burri/Magnum Photos
  • Inauguration of the Notre-Dame-du-Haut chapel designed by Le Corbusier. Ronchamp, France, 1955 2011 © René Burri/Magnum Photos
  • French artist Yves Klein during a painting session with his model. Paris, France, 1961 2011 © René Burri/Magnum Photos
  • Pablo Picasso in his studio, Villa La Californie. Cannes, France, 1957 2011 © René Burri/Magnum Photos

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