Jerry Burchard

Jerry Burchard
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.

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