Rene Burri

Contact Sheet Print: Che Guevara, Cuba, 1963

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Description

In 1963 René Burri visited Havana on commission for Look magazine. One of the resultant portraits of Guevara smoking a cigar became an iconic image of the 20th century. For the book Contact Sheets, René Burri told the story behind the photograph: “I arrived with the US reporter Laura Berquist from Look magazine. Che had invited her when they met at the end of 1962 in New York. I immediately realized that the blinds were closed. Since this posed a technical problem, I asked him, ‘May I open the blinds?’ And he said, ‘No, it’s not necessary.’ Only later did I realize that he was so focused on what he was doing that he didn’t want to see what was going on outside. The interview began right away, and after a while they simply ignored me. The conversation became heated. Sometimes he would speak with a certain charm, but sometimes he would grab some papers. I have a photo of him jotting down figures. From time to time he would get up and leave, and he would always come back wearing his officer’s boots and combat fatigues. I remember that when he bit off the tip of his cigar, I expected him to offer me one, but he was so immersed in the discussion, which was lucky for me because I was simply ignored for two whole hours. He never once looked at me, which was extraordinary. I was moving all around him, and there isn’t a single photograph in which he appears looking at the camera." This contact sheet features images from Burri's time with Che Guevara in Cuba, 1963 Rene Burri joined Magnum Photos in 1959.

Specification

Format: Archival Pigment Print
Magnum Archive Stamped
Sizes: 16 x 20 in (40 x 50 cm) or 20 x 24 in (50 x 60 cm)
Printed on Hahnemuhle Fine Art Baryta paper

This print is for personal use only, intended for display in the home or other private spaces. For all other purposes, such as display in public spaces or institutions, publishing the image online or in print, or any other form of usage, permission must be granted by Magnum Photos.

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Each frame is hand-crafted and made-to-order and includes framing-grade quality plexiglass, which comes with ~60% UV protection.

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Please note: due to the nature of the framing process the artist archival stamp that is on the recto of our Contact Sheet, Darkroom and Magnum Edition prints will be obscured upon framing.

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Each print is made using an archival pigment process and printed on the highest quality papers.

Our frames are hand-made to order by experts with decades of experience.

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