After the success of Die Deutschen last week, two, more recent, signed books by René Burri, both from Editions Dino Simonett!!
Burri is the subject of much renewed interest of late from some rather haute bastions of fashion and cool: Rei Kawakubo of the Comme des Garcon clothing label, invited him to collaborate on their recent campaign; a portfolio of that work, along with an fantastic interview with editor Olivier Zahm appears in the current issue of Purple Here's a taste:
I’ve been accused, say, by people when I’ve been on juries, of being against conceptual photography. I’m not against it! Let them do their concepts. What I always found to be absolutely magic is that hundredth of a second when you can freeze-frame something, a person, an event. Even now, when I look at some of my pictures, I don’t know how I did them. They just happened in a kind of conspiracy with life itself.
Berner Blitz. Photographs and text by René Burri. Additional text by Guido Magnaguagno. Editions Dino Simonett, Zurich, 2003. 176 pp. Quarto. First edition. SIGNED on front free-endpaper. Hardbound with quarter cloth. Photo-illustrated boards. Color reproductions. Includes short bio & 'Proustian questionnaire'.
Near Fine+; lower corners slightly bumped.
The eclectic variety of images and subjects that Burri has captured throughout his career is vast. From goats drinking from a water trough, to Japanese drinking sake in hot tubs, Brazil, Greece, India, Mexico, France, technology, death, buildings, religious movements, food, Picasso... A novel selection of his works is presented here with an intimate interview between Burri, the publisher and Jann Schwarz and an essay by Guido Magnaguagno.
Nous Sommes Treize a Table. Photographs by Rene Burri. Essay by Dino Simonett. Edition Dino Simonett, 2008. 64 pp. Tall quarto. First edition. SIGNED on front free-endpaper. Hardbound with quarter cloth. Photo-illustrated boards. Color & black-and-white reproductions.
Fine-; some wear at corners.
"Produced as a metaphorical bunch of flowers to celebrate Burri's 75th birthday this book is divided into three sections. The first presents known and unknown black and white photographs; the second, never-ever-before published colour photographs taken from slides; while the third presents facsimiles from magazine images – most of them long time lost as negatives. A small picture biography of Burri at work concludes the celebration."--the publisher