Life Magazine

A Visit With Burk Uzzle


Two men looking at gallery prints.

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.

Two men looking at gallery prints.

Nearing 80, Uzzle is still working, producing photos.

Peeling plaster from studio wall.

Uzzle’s studio is a former downtown auto dealership, he is working to peel paint and plaster leaving a wonderful backdrop for his work.

Burk Uzzle with camera.

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!