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Legendary photographer Burk Uzzle will be speaking at Randolph Community College in the Department of Photographic Technology on Sept. 16th at 7pm.
The lecture is free and open to the public as part of the school’s Jerry Howell Lecture series.
Burk has been an active photographer for nearly six decades and is still going strong. He was an active contributor and former president of the Magnum cooperative, worked as a photographer for Life magazine and has collections of his work in many museums throughout the United States. Born in North Carolina, Burk’s first professional job was with the News & Observer, before working for Black Star Agency, Life Magazine and photographing Woodstock in 1969, his photo was used on the Woodstock Album cover.
Photography program head Chuck Egerton and instructor Jay Capers visited Burk Uzzle at his Wilson, NC studio and home. Burk is a former member of Magnum Photos and photographer at Life Magazine.
Nearing 80, Uzzle is still working, producing photos.
Uzzle’s studio is a former downtown auto dealership, he is working to peel paint and plaster leaving a wonderful backdrop for his work.
And still likes to talk cameras. Most of his work is large format (8×10 cameras) “Digital is trying to protect me from myself, I don’t need it to,” he said as he talked about tonal range, “I have a light meter and know how to use it.” Even with his mirror less camera, he shoots manual exposure and focus with a Leica lens.
We are planning to host a Jerry Howell lecture by Burk at RCC this Fall!