Burk Uzzle: American Chronicle
Born in 1938 in Raleigh, North Carolina, Burk Uzzle began his career at age 17 as a staff photographer for the News & Observer. At 23 he was Life’s youngest photographer, capturing powerful images of American life and culture.
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Uzzle is known for his iconic photographs of the civil rights movement, Martin Luther King Jr., and Woodstock. He is now an independent photographer based in Wilson, North Carolina, and continues to chronicle American life from coast to coast.
This exhibition provides an overview of Uzzle’s career and is organized in collaboration with the Ackland Art Museum at UNC–Chapel Hill and the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University. As a tribute to one of North Carolina’s most renowned photographers, each museum is focusing on a different aspect of Uzzle’s work, and all three shows will be on view concurrently during the summer of 2016.
Organized by the North Carolina Museum of Art. This exhibition is made possible, in part, by the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources; the North Carolina Museum of Art Foundation, Inc.; and the William R. Kenan Jr. Endowment for Educational Exhibitions. Research for this exhibition was made possible by Ann and Jim Goodnight/The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fund for Curatorial and Conservation Research and Travel.
Burk Uzzle, Woodstock (cover, Ercolines), 1969, carbon print, 23 x 30 in., Private collection, © 1969 Burk Uzzle
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