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David Burnett... really remarkable...
Old 07-16-2011   #1
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David Burnett... really remarkable...

This is my favorite contemporary 4x5 photog... is anyone familiar and would care to post opinions on Burnett?

http://www.davidburnett.com/portfolio.html

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I have the privilege of knowing Dave. Great guy & great photojournalist. He's been using medium & large format for both assignments & personal work for years & gave a nice talk about large format shooting for the Phillips Collection's show on Pictorialism last fall (http://www.wornmagazine.com/2010/10/...ion/#more-3800).

I met him via an informal, but august group of film (& plate) shooters called the Bokeh Vista Social Club, most of whom shoot large format. I'm a member, but I think mostly because of my collection of classic cameras. Meetings consist of mainly of talking photography & messing around w/cameras while eating barbecue & drinking beer. Dave is the only person I've ever met who actually recognized my Bell & Howell Foton (he remembered a sports photographer who used 1 back in the '60s).

Sadly, he's not in DC as often as he used to be. Not as many assignments down here & he & his wife sold their place in Arlington to consolidate everything in NYC. The last time we chatted was @ Look3.

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This is my favorite contemporary 4x5 photog... is anyone familiar and would care to post opinions on Burnett?

http://www.davidburnett.com/portfolio.html

Thanks...
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There is a good video about him talking about the different cameras he uses. It's called "What's In the Bag", it might be a series of interviews but I have only seen the one with DB. Probably it's on Youtube, I forget where I found it. He talks about Holga, Speed Graphic with Aero Ektar & some digital stuff.
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I have the privilege of knowing Dave. Great guy & great photojournalist. He's been using medium & large format for both assignments & personal work for years & gave a nice talk about large format shooting for the Phillips Collection's show on Pictorialism last fall (http://www.wornmagazine.com/2010/10/...ion/#more-3800).

I met him via an informal, but august group of film (& plate) shooters called the Bokeh Vista Social Club, most of whom shoot large format. I'm a member, but I think mostly because of my collection of classic cameras. Meetings consist of mainly of talking photography & messing around w/cameras while eating barbecue & drinking beer. Dave is the only person I've ever met who actually recognized my Bell & Howell Foton (he remembered a sports photographer who used 1 back in the '60s).

Sadly, he's not in DC as often as he used to be. Not as many assignments down here & he & his wife sold their place in Arlington to consolidate everything in NYC. The last time we chatted was @ Look3.
I have a little back and forth with him via eMail discussing LF Graphics and his images and techniques. I'm pretty sure I saw him (before I knew about him) in Columbus circle about a two years ago.

Anyway, the guy seems really down to earth from an interview I've read, and his work is really interesting.

http://blog.photoshelter.com/2010/07...d-burnett.html

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He's totally down to earth. Shared some Elijah Craig bourbon from a friend's flask w/him @ Look3 while we chatted. His parting words: "Thanks for the juice, man."

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I have a little back and forth with him via eMail discussing LF Graphics and his images and techniques. I'm pretty sure I saw him (before I knew about him) in Columbus circle about a two years ago.

Anyway, the guy seems really down to earth from an interview I've read, and his work is really interesting.

http://blog.photoshelter.com/2010/07...d-burnett.html
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He's totally down to earth. Shared some Elijah Craig bourbon from a flask w/him @ Look3 while we chatted. His parting words: "Thanks for the juice, man."
A little bourbon and camera action with Burnett. How great is that!

Some people lead the charmed life. Let me know if you guys ever meet up in NYC.
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Will do. The man has great stories about all the great photojournalists of the last 50 years (from Eisenstadt to Adams, etc., etc.).

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A little bourbon and camera action with Burnett. How great is that!

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Will do. The man has great stories about all the great photojournalists of the last 50 years (from Eisenstadt to Adams, etc., etc.).
Very cool.
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Interesting photos. Thanks for the link to him. Also to the the Bokeh Vista Social Club. Interesting.
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Waiting for tanks passing by-Dec. 13, 1981
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Waiting for tanks passing by-Dec. 13, 1981

DB was sent to Warsaw by US-government to document Polish Martial Law. That means they knew beforehand. Why i know this? Because a "wonderfully framed" front cover shwoing tanks was published in one of our magazines soon after Dec, 13, 1981.
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His exhibition is going on at UMFA (Utah Museum of Fine Art) in Salt Lake City until Jan 2012.
David Burnett-"Too Close" http://umfa.utah.edu/
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I'm taking "Commercial Photography" in college right now and we had to do a presentation on a photographer that inspired us. I chose DB, and here's my little summary.
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So cool! Thank's for posting OP. New photos look so modern, yet so classic!
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There is a good video about him talking about the different cameras he uses. It's called "What's In the Bag", it might be a series of interviews but I have only seen the one with DB. Probably it's on Youtube, I forget where I found it. He talks about Holga, Speed Graphic with Aero Ektar & some digital stuff.
TY for that Michael.

Inspiring and potentially expensive.

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His Holga Al Gore shot is extraordinary, but I own better cameras.

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Thanks for the link. The Apollo XI shots are so great. What film do you think he used for those?
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There is a good video about him talking about the different cameras he uses. It's called "What's In the Bag", it might be a series of interviews but I have only seen the one with DB. Probably it's on Youtube, I forget where I found it. He talks about Holga, Speed Graphic with Aero Ektar & some digital stuff.
Here's the video in question.

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Loved the D-Day selection.

Very poignant reminder of what it took to face evil in the world. The shot of the survivor sitting on the beach is priceless - akin to visiting Hell knowing the Devil was dead and gone.
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