I have never considered myself a street shooter but, in the last few years, I have been drawn to human subjects in their day-to-day circumstances. Trying to bring the same compositional formality I use for landscapes to this new portfolio, I’ve learned to exploit the benefits of becoming a senior citizen: If you look stupid and old, you are perceived as non-threatening — almost invisible. Subjects are much more amenable to having you around with your camera. In this collection of photographs, you’ll witness people at work and play, defined more by their environments than their activities. Whether a Cuban taxi driver pausing for a fare in his theater-like taxi or the Oaxacan street corn vendor surrounded by condiments and utensils, each person is but a centerpiece for a larger and more elaborate stage setting.
About Dan Burkholder
Dan Burkholder is known for looking over photography’s horizon to discover new ways of capturing and expressing the photographic image. In the early 1990’s Dan wrote the groundbreaking book Making Digital Negatives for Contact Printing, opening doors for legions of image-makers wishing to combine the precision of digital imaging with the warmth and charm of the handmade print. After Hurricane Katrina ravaged the Gulf Coast in 2005, Burkholder recorded the chaos of post-Katrina New Orleans in his poignant monograph, The Color of Loss, the first coffee table book photographed entirely with high dynamic range (HDR) techniques. And in 2012, Burkholder led the mobile photography revolution with his forward-looking book iPhone Artistry.
Dan earned his BA and Master’s degrees in Photography from Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara, California. His platinum/palladium and pigmented ink prints are included in private and public collections internationally. Dan’s web site is www.DanBurkholder.com.
“I’m constantly looking for new approaches, subject matter and chemical or digital technologies that push me into the next exciting and beautiful way to express the photographic image. Engaging both archival inks and precious metals in my prints, I try to meld modern technology with classic aesthetics to capture my surroundings, making the final print a reflection of both my personal vision and photography’s ever-evolving path.”