I’ve been walking around for the past two days with the deep black and white contours of René Burri’s “Men on a Rooftop” etched into my mind. Taken in São Paulo by the Swiss photographer in 1960, it is also an image that has haunted writer Teju Cole for many years, so much so that he embarked on a quest to reconstruct it. He tells the tale of that attempt in the latest installment of his photography column in the New York Times.
“The photograph isn’t what was photographed, it’s something else,” as he quotes in the article. “It’s about transformation.”
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