René Burri, known around the world for his photograph of Che Guevara, is being given – on his 78th birthday – the Swiss Press Photo Lifetime Achievement Award.
swissinfo.ch spoke to the Zurich-born artist and also looked at his style, influence and legacy.
“A close friend once told me: ‘You know, you’re not a bad photographer, but you’ve done too much’,” Burri told swissinfo.ch. “And he was right.”
He explained how his curiosity had no boundaries – whenever something was happening, he found himself drawn towards it.
“The camera became my third eye. It enabled me to approach things that otherwise I wouldn’t have approached,” he said, adding that, for him, photography bridges people and countries.
“I’m not a very typical Swiss. I wanted to get away from the mountains. I mean, I love Switzerland – I always come back here – but at some point you have to have to step out of your environment. I climbed the mountains and wanted to discover and conquer the world.”a