René Burri: Retrospective 1950-2000

Tuesday 1st August 2006

23 September - 12 November 2006. Free admission. A career retrospective of the work of Swiss born René Burri, one of the world’s greatest living photographers. From his famous portraits of Che Guevara and Pablo Picasso to his iconic pictures of Sao Paolo and Brasilia, his work captures almost all the major political, historical and cultural events and key figures of the second half of the 20th century.

Che Guevara, Havana by Rene Burri, 1963

“If you are truly successful in capturing the pulse of life, then you can speak of a good photograph.” René Burri

René Burri is a member of the prestigious Magnum photo agency. His work is admired the world over for its warmth and humanity.  Burri’s remarkable work has now been brought together in this stunning career retrospective.

Manchester Art Gallery has the first UK showing of the exhibition. It includes over 200 modern and vintage prints, collages, photomontages and documentary films. Themes included in the exhibition include portraits form 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: highlights include 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.

The exhibition is curated by René Burri and freelance writer and exhibition curator Hans-Michael Koetzle (Munich). It is accompanied by a catalogue, published by Phaidon Press, which will be on sale in the gallery shop.

For further information and images please contact Kim Gowland, Manchester Art Gallery, Tel 0161 235 8861 Email

Notes to Editors
René Burri: Retrospective 1950-2000 is at Manchester Art Gallery 23 September- 12 November 2006. Admission is free. The Gallery is open Tuesday-Sunday 10am-5pm. Manchester Art Gallery, Mosley Street, Manchester M2 3JL. Tel 0161 235 8888. 

René Burri will be at Manchester Art Gallery to attend the opening of the exhibition. A press trip will be organized for Thursday 21 September; more details to follow. Contact Kim Gowland for more information or to arrange interviews.

Images are available on the Gallery’s pictures for press website (please call Kim Gowland for details). Journalists may download a maximum of two images from the website.

For all feature sales enquiries please contact Francesca Sears at Magnum Photos on 02074901771 or email

There will be a corresponding retrospective of prints available for sale at Atlas Gallery, London from 19 September – 28 October. For more information Tel 020 7224 4192.