Artifacts – Benjamen Walker


Benjamin Walker (of WMFU Radio in New York) has recently done a podcast titled, ARTIFACTS, which looks at digital vs. material culture in the art world and beyond.  The program begins with an interview I did with Walker on a recent visit to NYC and continues with art conservator Christine Frohneris – this is followed by a discussion with Whitney Museum curator, Christiane Paul.

UPDATE:  I highly recommend the follow up to this podcast: ARTIFACTS 2 – interviews with Nathan Jurgenson, Fred Ritchin & Finn Bruntun

The Agenda – Through the Lens


I was recently interviewed by Steve Paikin on TVO’s – THE AGENDA. My interview was followed by an interesting panel discussion about our changed relationship to photography.

A Picture’s Worth (Panel Discussion)      

Camera Phones. Slideshows. Selfies. The Agenda takes a look at the role images increasingly play in our lives, what the rise of the image means to our ability to communicate with each other and what kind of literacy people need to successfully engage in an image-thick, technology-laden world.

Peter Vidani, Creative Director,Tumblr
Rita Leistner, Photojournalist
Paul Roth, Curator – The Ryerson Image Centre
Barry Quinn, Creative Director, Juniper Park

Darkness, Be Not Proud

The new issue of Border Crossings Magazine has just been released and features an article about my exhibitions by writer Katie Addleman.Border Crossings Magazine

The fascination of Burley’s project lies, in part, in its full-throttle embrace of the possibilities that the new visual media present, at the same time that the project memorializes and includes the photography that is passing into history.

Exhibitions open in Europe and North America

Robert Burley: The Disappearance of Darkness  The National Gallery of Canada, October 18th/13 to January 5th/14

Robert Burley: The Disappearance of Darkness
The National Gallery of Canada, October 18th/13 to January 5th/14

In the past week I’ve opened two versions of my exhibition, Robert Burley: The Disappearance of Darkness.   Organized by the Ryerson Image Centre in Toronto and curated by Gaelle Morel, this show opened first at Musée Nicéphore Niépce in Chalon-sur-Saône, France.  This remarkable museum which celebrates the inventor of photography as well as the medium’s history will be showing the exhibition from Oct. 12th/13 to Jan. 12th/14.  My thanks go out to François Cheval / Conservateur en chef and Christelle Rochette / Conservatrice adjointe for their work related to producing a European version of the exhibition.

The National Gallery of Canada has opened the North American version of the exhibition which I produced with the Ryerson Image Centre over the past few months – it will be shown from Oct. 18th/13 to Jan. 5th/14 and has been overseen by NGC Associate Curator, Andrea Kunard. On Saturday, Oct. 26th/13 NGC Director, Marc Mayer will chair a panel discussion with myself, photographer Michel Campeau (who has just opened, Icons of Obsolescence) and curators, Morel and Kunard.

Kodak Emerges from Bankruptcy

Kodak Emerges

This past week I was interviewed by an Associated Press writer about the news that Kodak has received approvals to exit Chapter 11.  This  is an interesting story because the Kodak that will emerge from bankruptcy in September will be unrecognizable to most.

They will have divested themselves of their still photography divisions and will no longer make cameras –  two core businesses that have defined Kodak since it was first established by George Eastman in 1888.  Instead Kodak now defines itself as “a printing and imaging company” – one that will have no relationship with consumers.

Limited Edition Portfolio Just Completed

I’ve just finished a limited edition portfolio of the Disappearance of Darkness which will be going to AIPAD (New York City – Apr. 3rd-6th/13) with the Stephen Bulger Gallery this week.

The portfolio is housed in a 14 x 18 inch clamshell case. Hand-crafted with a drop spine, the case is covered in cloth and is blind stamped with the title. Each portfolio contains fifteen 11 x 14 inch colour pigment prints mounted on 14 x 18 inch white 4-ply museum board. A specially handbound and signed copy of the book The Disappearance of Darkness: Photography at the End of the Analog Era accompanies the prints.The portfolio is limited to an edition of fifteen with five artist’s proofs and each photograph is signed, numbered, and dated by the artist. Two letterpress pages accompany the photographs: a title and colophon sheet and a list of the images. For more information please contact: The Stephen Bulger Gallery in Toronto

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