Nancy Burson

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Name: Nancy Burson
Country of Origin: US


Acclaimed artist/photographer Nancy Burson’s work is shown in museums and galleries internationally. “Seeing and Believing”, her traveling 2002 retrospective originating at the Grey Art Gallery, was nominated for Best Solo Museum Show of the Year in New York City by the International Association of Art Critics. She has served as a visiting professor at Harvard and was a member of the adjunct photography faculty at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts for five years. Burson currently books events and reviews portfolios for the Photography Department at the New York Film Academy in NYC.

Nancy Burson combined art and innovation in a way that challenged photographic truth at the birth of digital manipulation. She is best known for her pioneering work in morphing technologies which age enhance the human face and still enable law enforcement officials to locate missing children and adults. Her Human Race Machine, commissioned by Zaha Hadid for the London Millennium Dome, was used for over a decade as a diversity tool providing viewers with the visual experience of being another race.

Her work is included in museums worldwide including the MoMA, Metropolitan Museum, and the Whitney Museum in New York City, as well as the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, the Center Georges Pompidou in Paris, the LA County Museum of Art and the Getty Museum, MoMA (San Francisco), the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, and the Smithsonian Museum in Washington DC, as well as many others. She has collaborated with Creative Time, the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, and Deutsche Bank in completing several important public art projects in NYC. These projects include the poster project, “Visualize This” (Creative Time, 1991), the billboard, ‘There’s No Gene For Race” (2000), the poster/postcard project “Focus on Peace”, commissioned for the first anniversary of 9/11, and “Looking Up” and “Truth”, at the 60 Wall St. Atrium, 2005. Burson’s public artworks have been displayed as works projected in light in both the Berlin Festival of Light and the New York Festival of Light.

One of Burson’s images was chosen for Time Magazine’s book: 100 Photographs, The Most Influential Images of All Time and her Time Magazine cover of Trump and Putin combined went viral in July 2018. Her work has been featured in all forms of media including segments on Oprah, Good Morning America, CBS Evening News, CNN, National Public Radio, PBS, and Fuji TV News, as well as countless local TV segments in the USA, Canada and Europe. Prominent articles featuring her work have appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The New York Times, The Baltimore Sun, The Houston Chronicle, and Scientific American Magazine to name a few. There are four monographs of her work and reproductions of it appear in hundreds of art catalogs. It is also widely featured in textbooks on the history of photography published in all languages. Burson has been awarded grants from the NEA, the National Science Foundation, Anonymous Was A Woman, The Peter Reed Foundation, and CAST (Collaborations in Art, Science and Technology).

Explore Artworks By Nancy Burson

Trump/Putin Still Image

signed, titled, dated, and numbered 5/7 on the reverse in graphite accompanied by the original Time Magazine for further information about this work see the artist’s website

10 Images that Comprise the Aging Process for the Method and Apparatus for Producing an Image of a Person’s Face at a Different Age

The following images were used to illustrate the pioneering patented process issued in 1981. all photographs are signed, titled, numbered in sequence, and dated on the reverse in graphite titles of the 10 images: 1. Standard Young Face 2. Standard Old Face 3. Standard Young Face Mapped 4. Standard Old Face Mapped 5. Warped Young […]

Morphing Grid Figure 2

This work is a Xerox print of an original ink drawing used in the initial patent application for the artist custom made software. The stamp on the reverse indicates that this print was stamped by the patent office and mailed back to the artist. titled lower right on the front patent stamp on the reverse […]