Posts Tagged ‘Susan Burnstine’

On Site: The Best of AIPAD 2013

In Art Fair, Black and White Photography, Exhibits, Gallerist, Gallery, Photo Print Collector, Photographer on April 10, 2013 at 11:55 am

The Last Goodbye, by Susan Burnstine, courtesy of the artist.

The Last Goodbye, by Susan Burnstine

Found at the Catherine Couturier Gallery exhibit, this print entices the viewer’s attention with its whirlpool of layered mystery.

The print itself is indeed part of the impact and the digital recreation unfortunately does not do it justice.

It was our favorite print of the thousands presented at the AIPAD show.

As noted by Jonathan Curiel:

The undeniable beauty of Burnstine’s black-and-white photos, and their connection to dreams brought on by family tragedy, give them an intensity that is both intellectual and visceral. The acclaimed Brazilian photographer Sebastião Salgado can have the same effect on people, though his work captures outward scenes while Burnstine’s also conjures an internal world.

"I need the pictures to emulate what I’m seeing in my subconscious," she tells me. "I have a dream or a nightmare; I journal them; then I go out and photograph them. Some of are actual elements [from the dreams]. Some of them are symbols. Some of them are metaphors."

For more on Susan’s work: SF Weekly Arts

Pro Photographer Alert: New Issue of Rangefinder Magazine

In Article, Black and White Photography, Photographer on January 20, 2010 at 12:34 pm


The January issue of Rangefinder Magazine is out and it has multi-article coverage of the current state of Black and White photography.

While it was the only medium in the early days of photography, now there are obvious reasons image makers choose black and white over color. It seems to have become synonymous with two very important and distinctly different segments of the professional market: documentary photography and fine art photography.

Bill Hurter, Editor

Among some very well done pieces, it should be noted there is an article on Susan Burnstine, our “Best of Show” winner at Photo LA.

This magazine issue has not only good information for artists, but also gallerists and collectors as well.

We will be looking at some of the findings in this issue over the next few weeks. Stay tuned.

On Site: Photo LA – Best in Show

In Art Fair, Black and White Photography, Exhibits, Gallery, Photo Print Collector, Photographer on January 18, 2010 at 5:13 pm


Susan Burnstine

Although unfair and deeply subjective, we feel it necessary to provide our opinion as to the “BEST IN SHOW” at PHOTO LA 2010. Our criteria is simply which image or set of images left the most lasting impression.

While there were many classic prints to choose from at Photo LA and some great new contemporary work, we found one artist exhibited who continues to catch the growing attention of gallerists, curators and collectors: Susan Burnstine.

Her photographs are ethereal in appearance and easily draw the viewer into a new experience. She achieves this “look” in a unique manner.

I wanted to find a way to portray my dream-like visions entirely in-camera, rather than with post-processing manipulations. To achieve this, I created twenty-one hand-made film cameras and lenses that are frequently unpredictable and technically challenging. The cameras are primarily made out of plastic, vintage camera parts and random household objects and the single element lenses are molded out of plastic and rubber. Learning to overcome their extensive limitations has required me to rely on instinct and intuition – the same tools that are key when attempting to interpret dreams.

Two galleries carried her work at the show, Kevin Longino and Susan Spiritus. One dealer we talked with said the prices for Susan’s work had increased during the show.

We understand the attraction … and congratulate Ms. Burnstine on her work.

*** UPDATE *** See January issue of RANGEFINDER for an article on Susan