Marsha Burns’s art in the late 1970s epitomized a sublime elegance, quietude, and craftsmanship that could only exist within the magic of perfectly composed and printed photographic images. In the 1980s, Marsha was regularly invited by the Polaroid Collection to shoot with their room-sized camera that produced unique 20” x 24” prints. She invited street kids, punks, friends, and strangers to sit for portraits that are as striking and haunting today as they were thirty years ago.
In the 1990s and 2000s she and her husband Michael Burns traveled extensively and shot more street portraits and fragments, segments, and details that captured the unexpected richness of textures and reflections. Always surprising, elegant and evocative, her work has never stopped, as any of those who are lucky enough to receive her frequent single image e-mail blasts can attest.
Burns’s photographs are in many museum collections including the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Seattle Art Museum; Center for Creative Photography, University of Arizona, Tucson; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, and the Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Paris.
Opening event at Marquand Books Studio | Paper Hammer
First Thursday, May 5
1400 Second Ave. at Union
On view Fridays from 2-6 p.m. and Saturdays from 11-6 p.m. through July 2. Also by appointment.