René Burri, Die Deutschen (The Germans), 1962

Dust jacket back and front

Renè Burri, Die Deutschen, 1962, Dust jacket back and front

 

The photography world recently lost one of its legends. Swiss photographer René Burri, the grand signor of the Magnum photographers, passed away on the 20th of October 2014 at the age of 81. Our paths crossed couple of times over the years and I feel privileged to have met this great artist. His first book Die Deutschen was published by Fretz & Wasmuth (Zürich) in 1962, followed by the French edition Les Allemands, published by Robert Delpire in 1963.

The rather small landscape format publication is reminiscent of Robert Frank’s classic The Americans in both layout and format. Burri’s images are a portrait of the post World War II spirit in Germany. A mix of youthful spirit and history-tainted optimism, conspicuous by the absence of an entire generation. Burri’s photographs of the emerging youth, hungry for life, are in obvious contrast to those showing the older generations, so obviously still affected and damaged by war. A portrait of a nation in the process of constructing a new identity. Burri’s photographic approach is classic “Magnum”.

The cover image on the German publication is in fact the result of Burri cropping two consecutive frames on a roll of film with the visible black division.

Texts by various authors selected by Hans Bender

80 photographs

Published by Fretz & Wasmuth Zürich in 1962

Hard cover with dust jacket

App. 22.0 x 19.1cm

170 pages (including front paper)

Cover back and front

Renè Burri, Die Deutschen, 1962, Cover back and front

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René Burri, Les Allemands (The Germans), 1963

René Burri, Les Allemands, Robert Delpire 1963, cover back and front

René Burri, Les Allemands, Robert Delpire 1963, cover back and front

 

 

Published by Robert Delpire, éditeur à Paris in 1963 in the series ENCYCLOPÉDIE ESSENTIELLE

Text by Jean Baudrillard

80 photographs

Hard cover

App. 21.5 x 18.9cm

168 pages

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Signed by Renè Burri on title page

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René Burri, Die Deutschen – Photographien 1957-1964, 1986

René Burri, Die Deutschen, Schirmer/Mosel 1986, Dust jacket back and front

René Burri, Die Deutschen, Schirmer/Mosel 1986, Dust jacket back and front

 

The book was republished in an extended version under the title Die Deutschen Photographien 1957-1964 by German publisher Schirmer/Mosel in 1986, 1990 & 1999.

Text by Hans Magnus Enzenberger

88 photographs

Hard cover with dust jacket

App. 27.6 x 24.5cm

208 pages

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Signed by Renè Burri on title page

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