has described his photography as the “unconscious rendering of light as advent.” His blurry nocturnal images from the 1970s portray places as disparate as Bangkok, Casablanca, Agadir, San Francisco and his hometown of Rochester, NY, and share a similar notion of the photographer recording the serendipitous play of light within his camera. The surreal blurs and streaks animate the already seductive architecture and foliage of Burchard’s sites, creating less a portrait of a place than the photographer’s reveries within it.
Burchard received his B.F.A. degree in photography from the California School of Fine Arts in 1960 and has taught at the San Francisco Art Institute since 1966. He is a recipient of 1976 and 1979 grants from the National Endowment of the Arts. Burchard had one-person exhibitions at Addison Gallery of American Art and Corcoran Gallery in 1978. His work was included in “Beat Culture and the New America, 1950-1965” which originated at the Whitney Museum in 1995 and traveled to the de Young Museum.