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Photographer Burkhard dies

Internationally renowned photographer Balthasar Burkhard has died at the age of 65 in the Swiss capital, Bern.

Burkhard, who worked mainly in black and white, was best known for his large format photographic series.

Experts have described his work as that of a “hyperrealist dreamer” and said he was an admirer of the 19th century French painter Gustave Courbet.

Burkhard died after a long illness, according to his relatives.

He opened his studio in 1965 in Bern and moved to the United States for several years in the late 1970s, where he was a guest lecturer at the University of Illinois in Chicago. Later he went to live in France.

His works came to be regularly exhibited worldwide, including in Paris, Milan and Tokyo. He also directed a film.

At the beginning of his career he cooperated closely with museum curator Harald Szeemann in Bern and portrayed many artists.

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