Manchester Art Gallery

René Burri: Retrospective 1950 – 2000

A collection of work by Swiss born René Burri, one of the world's greatest living photographers.

Manchester Art Gallery
Saturday 23 September 2006–Sunday 12 November 2006


From his famous portraits of Che Guevara and Pablo Picasso to his iconic pictures of Sao Paolo and Brasilia, Burri’s work captures almost all the major political, historical and cultural events and key figures of the second half of the 20th century.

His remarkable photographs were brought together in this stunning career retrospective.  It included over 200 modern and vintage prints, collages, photomontages and documentary films.

Themes featured in the exhibition included portraits from the world of politics, portraits from the world of the arts and photo essays from countries around the world, including Germany, Italy, France, the United States, Cuba, Brazil and countries across Asia. Burri, having initially been interested in film, is particularly keen on long projects as opposed to single images; the exhibition also showcased a photo essay on the life of the last gauchos in Argentina, the famous portrait series of Che Guevara and Pablo Picasso, his street photography series across the cities of Brazil and his many photo stories on world conflicts.

Manchester Art Gallery was the only UK venue for the exhibition, which was accompanied by a catalogue, published by Phaidon Press, on sale in the gallery shop.