[The New Yorker] Goings on about town: Burk Uzzle

by Vince Aletti

This excellent fifty-year survey wisely skips over the photojournalist’s most famous images (like the Life magazine shot of two hippies wrapped in a purple paisley quilt at Woodstock) to shine a light on his new and little-known work. When he wasn’t out on assignment, Uzzle had an eye for the quirky and the unexpected, notably in graphic black-and-white compositions that verge on abstraction but are always anchored by a human presence—a woman bather bisected by a diving board, a boy nearly swallowed by fog. Uzzle’s best pictures have a visual verve that places him alongside such greats as Robert Adams, Harry Callahan, and Ray K. Metzker. Through July 31.

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[Wallstreet Journal] Honor and Integrity in Photography

Burk Uzzle, 150 years of manipulated images and a group show at Janet Borden in On Photography

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July 10, 2015

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Any competent photojournalist can tell a story with his camera, but how many can tell a joke? Burk Uzzle (b. 1938) is one such. Sometimes the joke is the subject: “Family Named Spot, Daytona Beach, Florida” (1997) is a picture of two dogs wearing coats spotted as if they were Dalmatians and held on leashes by a couple wearing T-shirts with the same pattern of black spots.

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[Slate] A Seasoned Photographer Captures the Drama of the American Landscape

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Photo:Brand New Highway, New Mexico, 1970.

June 30, 2015

“America,” Burk Uzzle says, “comes at you hard.”

The prolific photographer, who has been a member of Magnum and worked on assignment for Life magazine, has been photographing for well over half a century, much of it around the United States. He sees America as complex, with movement and collage and disruption; his images celebrate this idea. More than 70 of them are on view at Steven Kasher Gallery in New York City until July 31, part of the appropriately titled series “American Puzzles.”

[The Telegraph] Burk Uzzle: photographing America

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Photo: Boy Against Wall, Port-Au-Prince, Haiti, 1974.

June 29, 2015

Burk Uzzle began working as a photographer when he was 14 years old, and became the youngest contract photographer at Life magazine when he was just 23. “The great thing about working for Life was the whole ideology of going for that exalted moment, ” he told Rankin last year. “It had to have something really superlative about it. Life was about the population at large.”

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[Photograph Mag] Burk Uzzle: American Puzzles

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Photo:Upside Down Tree, Century City, California, 1975.

June 28, 2015

You may be forgiven for not having heard of Burk Uzzle, but once you’ve seen Steven Kasher Gallery‘s show of his black-and-white photographs from the 1960s through the 2000s (on view through July 31), you won’t have any excuse for forgetting him.

 

Uzzle’s career mirrors that of some of the best-known photographers of his generation, and yet his is not a household name. In 1962, at 23, he became LIFE’s youngest ever contract photographer. Just five years later, he became a member of Magnum Photos. In the years since, he’s photographed some of the most important events of our times — the Woodstock Music & Art Fair, the funeral of Martin Luther King, Jr., the Cambodian War — and built up an impressive collection of images that show America in all its splendor and strangeness.

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[Internazionale] “Puzzle americani” (American Puzzle)

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Photo: Wrong way arrow, Coney Island, 1968.

June 25, 2015

The Steven Kasher Gallery in New York presents an exhibition dedicated to Burk Uzzle, the youngest photographer ever hired by Life. Uzzle worked as a photographer since he was a teenager, and at 23 years, in 1962, he began to collaborate with the magazine. Life for travels around the world, although he confesses to be much more attracted to small towns and the most common situations of everyday life.

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[L’Oeil de la Photographie] Burk Uzzle American Puzzles

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Photo: Woman at Beach, New Jersey Shore, 1967 Vintage gelatin silver, printed ca. 1967.

June 17, 2015

Steven Kasher Gallery present its summery show, Burk Uzzle: American Puzzles,the first exhibition of the artist’s work at the gallery. The exhibition features over 70 vintage black and white photographs of the American social landscape from the 1960s through the 2000s. Like the photographs of the New Topographics, Uzzle’s work offers a formal simplification of the visual field with an emotionally complex rendering of American society. His puzzle-like images question and confront the tensions present in our individual and cultural psyches.

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[Crave Online] Burk Uzzle: American Puzzles

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Photo: Tired, New Jersey, Burk Uzzle, 1967.

June 15, 2015

Born in 1938 in Raleigh, North Carolina, Burk Uzzle began working as a photographer at age 14. A natural talent, his career immediately took off. He first began working locally, as a staff photographer for the Raleigh News & Observer at 17. Two years later, he was hired as a contract photographer for the Black Star Agency. In 1962, at age 23, he became the youngest photographer ever hired by LIFE magazine. Five years later, Uzzle became a member of Magnum Photos, the prestigious international cooperative founded by Henri Cartier-Bresson and Robert Capa. An active contributor to Magnum for over sixteen years, he was twice elected president of the cooperative in 1979 and 1980.

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