FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Burk Uzzle: American Photographs, 1995-2005
April 14, 2006 through June 17th, 2006
Opening reception and book signing: Friday, April, 14th, 7-9 pm
Michael Dawson Gallery
535 North Larchmont Boulevard, Los Angeles, California 90004
(323) 469-2186, FAX (323) 469-9553
Web site, http://www.michaeldawsongallery.com
Burk Uzzle, 'Speedo, Florida, 1999'.
Small towns and ordinary places interest me most. They are what I am and where I feel the investment of the unspoken. Driving on small roads reminds me of growing up in the South, where I imagine I see the music of the ghosts. In the moment, in the place where the ordinary reveals itself to be epic, is my favorite time to be alive, to have my camera, and to see. Burk Uzzle
Michael Dawson Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of photographs by Burk Uzzle taken over the last decade in the southern and western regions of the United States. The exhibition is presented in conjunction with a new book of Uzzle’s photographs, A Family Named Spot, from the New York publisher fiveTies.
One of America’s most highly regarded photographers, Burk Uzzle has claimed a territory all his own as a chronicler of the quirky and strangely beautiful in the vast American landscape. Uzzle’s extraordinary black-and-white photographs were taken during the photographer’s many trips across the United States in the last decade. As author and curator Martha Chahroudi has written, “Like Twain, Uzzle observes the conventional life, life on shore, so to speak, with witty irreverence and a particularly Southern sense of the preposterous, steadied by common sense and, always, empathy.”
Uzzle began his career at 17 as a staff photographer for the News and Observer in Raleigh, North Carolina. At the age of 23 he became a contract photographer for Life magazine, and five years later he joined the legendary agency Magnum Photos; during his fifteen years as a Magnum member, he served two terms as president. Since then, as an independent photographer based in Florida, he has spent many months each year extensively traveling the United States.
His photographs have appeared in numerous magazines worldwide, including Life, Newsweek, Fortune, and the New York Times Magazine. His work has been widely exhibited in the United States and Europe, and is represented in many private and museum collections, including the Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris, France; the Art Institute of Chicago; the Library of Congress; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Metropolitan Museum of Art; and the Smithsonian.