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René Burri
Born (1933-04-09)9 April 1933
Zurich, Switzerland
Died 20 October 2014(2014-10-20) (aged 81)
Zurich, Switzerland
Nationality Swiss
Occupation Photographer

I lived and grew up in the black and white period of photojournalism.
One of these days, I'm going to publish a book of all the pictures I did not take. It is going to be a huge hit.
Rene Burri
If you are truly successful in capturing the pulse of life, then you can speak of a good photograph.
Rene Burri
A photograph is a moment – when you press the button, it will never come back.
Rene Burri
Looking back, I didn't have the patience to work in fashion. I like women so much, but I was never qualified to torture them in photo shoots. You have to be really tough and brutal.
Rene Burri
My photography is the result of being there at the right moment.
Everyone takes pictures, so you need to have your own opinion.
I witnessed the building of the Space Shuttle Columbia, the first orbiter to be launched into space.
Rene Burri
In 1958, a year before the revolution, Magnum wanted to send me to Cuba because they had contacts with the rebels. I'd just spent six months in South America and said 'No', so I missed everything.
Rene Burri
What counts is putting the intensity that you yourself have experienced into the picture. Otherwise it is just a document.
Rene Burri
The camera has always been a magic wand for me, giving me access to places where I could try new experiments.
Rene Burri
I suddenly had to chase after my pictures… Pictures are like taxis during rush hour – if you're not fast enough, someone else will get there first.
Rene Burri
I think that's the strength of photography – to decide the decisive moment, to click in the moment to come up with a picture that never comes back again.
Rene Burri
For me, Picasso was the ultimate man. He taught me that photography is all about how you approach an image: what you do and what you don't do. He inspired me to go beyond what you think is in front of you.
Rene Burri
I grew up in Switzerland, in this kind of rigidity. It was Protestant, and I was rather shy. That influenced me a lot.
Rene Burri
It took me six years to get close to Picasso. I learnt a lot from him, and he was an absolute genius. He almost became my grandfather at the time. It was like he was a magician or something.
Rene Burri
I never had the time or luxury to think about inventing my own colour theory. When colour came, I was interested in expressing things that happened around me in time.
Rene Burri