Susan Burnstine Lecture & Book Signing
Sunday, Dec 11, 12pm
Free and open to the public
Susan Burnstine is renowned for her dramatic black and white images that are drawn from her dreams and nightmares. She shoots serendipitously, using a cache of homemade cameras which she designed to best communicate the style, mood and messages within her dreams.
Susan Burnstine is an award-winning fine art and commercial photographer originally from Chicago now based in Los Angeles. Susan is represented in galleries across the world, widely published, teaches workshops internationally, curates exhibitions, reviews portfolios at numerous festivals and has also written for several photography magazines, including a monthly column for Black & White Photography Magazine (UK). Her web site is www.susanburnstine.com
Immediately following her lecture, Susan will be available to sign copies of her recently released second book, Absence of Being (Damiani Editore, 2016).
Absence of Being is a haunting, intensely personal and yet extremely universal exploration of the subconscious world, which began with her highly praised first monograph, Within Shadows. Burnstine captures images that purge her dreams. Finding no existing camera that could create what her mind envisioned, she began to experiment with building her own and molding her own lenses until she arrived at the prototype for the handmade cameras she continues to use.
The results are instantly recognizable black-and-white images, which have been described as 21st-century impressionism. Burnstine does not use any of the post-production tools available in today’s digital environment. All of the effects one sees in a Burnstine photograph are created in the camera at the time of exposure of the negative.