Originally published as a News & Observer article
March 3, 2017
She stands beneath a spreading oak tree, chin lifted proudly, her figure swathed in a gold dress with a sash flowing behind her, lifted by the wind. Before her is a pair of tombstones bearing the names of her ancestors.
The photograph of Dr. Alma Cobb Hobbs is a portrait of pride, strength and dignity, framed with a sense of timelessness.
“She is magnificent,” exults Burk Uzzle, her portraitist. “Tell me she is not magnificent!”
Continue reading [News & Observer] Renowned NC photographer Burk Uzzle captures ordinary folks in extraordinary images
From Greenville Museum of Art
Perceptions + Recognitions is a new body of work by internationally recognized photographer Burk Uzzle commissioned by the Greenville Museum of Art. The exhibition will be twenty (25) original pictures of residents in eastern North Carolina and shown at the Greenville Museum of Art in 2017.
Perceptions + Recognitions is designed to offer individuals, families, and organizations a way to experience their neighbors, whether familiar or unknown. Continue reading [Greenville Museum of Art] Perceptions and Recognitions: African Americans of Eastern North Carolina by Burk Uzzle
Film will document Burk Uzzle’s legacy
March 7, 2017
By Lisa Boykin Batts (Times Associate Editor)
Burk Uzzle welcomed a visitor to his cavernous photography studio in downtown Wilson and quickly ushered the 28-year-old over to the background he had set up.
“We have a six-minute sweet spot when the light is perfect,” Uzzle said, watching the sunlight streaming in.
Continue reading [Wilson Times] The man behind the lens
Feb 10, 2017
By Chris Thomas
Originally posted as a Public Radio East article
Next week is Valentine’s Day but February is dedicated to Black History Month which recognizes the contributions of the black community in shaping this country and the world. The Greenville Museum of Art has an exhibit on display “Perceptions and Recognitions” which highlights African-Americans from eastern North Carolina and their personal stories. The museum commissioned world renowned photographer and eastern North Carolina native, Burk Uzzle for the exhibit. His career has taken him around the world capturing historic events, including the first Woodstock Music and Arts Festival to the funeral of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Chris Thomas spoke with him at his studio in Wilson and has this.
Continue reading [Public Radio East] Artist Profile: Burk Uzzle On “Perceptions and Recognitions”
In September 2016, filmmakers David Raymond and Jethro Waters launched f/11 and be there, a feature length documentary about my recent work, the ontological process of how I take pictures, and my ongoing inquiry to reveal the aura of the person or place. Their filming has included my shooting of images in the studio and offsite for Perceptions + Recognitions and will continue through April 2017 throughout NC, TN, and NY.
Photo: “Engagement” © Burk Uzzle 2016
By Burk Uzzle
The change of seasons is one of nature’s more beautiful transitions. This autumn brought extraordinary reception to three concurrent retrospectives of my work at the NC Museum of Art, Nasher Museum of Art, and Ackland Art Museum. The subject in one of my exhibited 60” x 80” pictures rarely leaves his home in rural NC so I took him to see his life-size portrait at the museum. As visitors began to recognize him from the framed print, he shared afterward that was in dialogue with more people than he had spoken with in a year. His animation and pride was palpable.
Continue reading Letter: Pas de Deux
Sept 12, 2016
By Bill Rader, Contributor
Stepping back in time
I approached the door of an old building in the former tobacco mecca of Wilson North Carolina, where a once-booming city is now a quiet town attempting a renaissance, much like so many others around the country.
The area was very quiet and the large red steel doors secure without a doorbell to summon the occupant. I knocked a few times, but quickly realized that it wasn’t going to be noticed, so I phoned from my cell to announce my presence.
Continue reading Viewing A Snapshot Of History With This Artist And Entrepreneur
Photo: Brad Coville © Burk Uzzle 2016
June 2, 2016
By Lisa Boykin Batts
Times Life Editor
Originally posted as a Wilson Times article
It’s been a busy year for Wilson photographer Burk Uzzle as he’s juggled the responsibilities involved with three major shows while staying busy in his studio.
Continue reading Work by Wilson’s Burk Uzzle on display in Triangle museums
Photo: Orbit © Burk Uzzle 2016
March 29, 2016
It has been some time since I last wrote to you. For the past several months, three NC museums have been preparing three simultaneous retrospective exhibitions of my work. The North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh, the Ackland Art Museum at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill, and Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University in Durham have openings during this spring and summer. Each director and chief curator cooperated in selecting pictures spanning the last five decades through today to offer distinct portfolios of the work.
Continue reading The Ethos of Striving
Photo: Woodstock (cover, Ercolines), 1969, carbon print, 23 x 30 in., Private collection, © 1969 Burk Uzzle.
August 20, 2015
Born in 1938 in Raleigh, North Carolina, Burk Uzzle began his career at age 17 as a staff photographer for the News & Observer. At 23 he was Life magazine’s youngest photographer, capturing powerful images of American life and culture.
Uzzle is known for his iconic photographs of the civil rights movement, Martin Luther King Jr., and Woodstock. He is now an independent photographer based in Wilson, North Carolina, and continues to chronicle American life from coast to coast.
This exhibition provides an overview of Uzzle’s career and is organized in collaboration with the Ackland Art Museum at UNC–Chapel Hill and the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University. As a tribute to one of North Carolina’s most renowned photographers, each museum is focusing on a different aspect of Uzzle’s work, and all three shows will be on view concurrently during the summer of 2016.
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