Les pyramides imaginaires de René Burri
Next to the photography books that simply show a series of images or properly unreel a biography, her we have a surprising one. It starts with the fascination René Burri (1933-2014) had for the triangle motif – born it seems from the Swiss peaks of his childhood and consolidated by the vision of Egypt’s pyramids in 1958. A few notes in German on Magnum header paper (reproduced on the frontispiece) confirm this obsession. We then follow the revival of this form for half a century. We see pyramid everywhere! In the gravel of zen gardens, in a broken window, in the Flatiron Building seen from the sky, in tepees on Route 66, in the architectures of Barragán and Le Corbusier, or in a pavement in Havana. Sometimes they are less obvious but that adds to the interest of this book, as it forces us to look and not only to see.
Review published in the newsletter #522 - from 5 July 2018 to 11 July 2018