Photographer Burri dies aged 81

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Published: Monday 20th October 2014 by The News Editor

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Rene Burri, the Swiss photographer who captured iconic black and white images of Communist revolutionary Ernesto “Che” Guevara and artist Pablo Picasso, has died at the age of 81.

Magnum Photos, the agency he joined in 1955, confirmed Burri had died of cancer.

Burri was just 13 when he photographed Winston Churchill standing in an open-top car during a visit to Switzerland in 1946.

In 1963, he travelled to Cuba and shot his famous picture of a cigar-chomping Guevara, seemingly pausing for thought during an interview.

Burri frequently photographed artists, including sculptor Alberto Giacometti and the architect Le Corbusier.

An invitation to dine with Picasso in 1957 resulted in a series of intimate portraits of the painter.

Published: Monday 20th October 2014 by The News Editor

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