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News Art: Manipulated Photographs from the Burns Archive

by Stanley B. Burns MD and Sara Cleary-Burns

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ISBN: 9781576871386

by Stanley B. Burns MD and Sara Cleary-Burns
Foreword by Jeff Rosenheim

Media Studies / Photography / Art

Hardcover
9.25 x 11.25 inches
128 pages
100 four-color and black-and-white photographs and illustrations

ISBN: 978-1-57687-464-6

News Art: Manipulated Photographs from the Burns Archive
presents the unexplored visual history of the melding of art,
photography, and journalism. It is the first work to document
the fascinating combination of art and photography necessary
to achieve accurate copy or story emphasis in newspapers.
These images from 1900–1960 illustrate the range of art
enhancement—from simple outlining or airbrushing to complete
overpainting. They are all individual creations, one-of-akind
photographs. Even if other newspapers used a copy of
the same photograph, as was often the case, the artistic preparation
was unique. The subjects are as varied as our world:
crime scenes, world events, social and business personalities,
and human interest stories. All were important in their time
and some stand as timeless icons.

One of the characteristics of collecting art is the concept
of owning an “original” work. These hand-painted news
photographs offer collectors that opportunity in a photographic
field that is still available and open to discovery. Connoisseurs
of subjects such as crime, sports, and theatre can find
powerful and unique images to expand the depth of their
collections. News Art will serve as a guide to these fascinating
photographs, providing curators and collectors a primary
resource for comparison, identification, and rarity.

Stanley B. Burns, MD, FACS, a practicing New York
City ophthalmic surgeon, is also an internationally
distinguished photo-historian, author, lecturer, curator,
and collector. He has written 17 award-winning photohistory
books and hundreds of articles, curated dozens
of exhibitions, and collected 800,000 images, including
the most comprehensive compilation of early hand-colored
photography. In 1995, he published Forgotten Marriage:
The Painted Tintype and the Decorative Frame
, an exposé
on the art of painting photographs that explored the
close relationship that hand-colored photographs have to
paintings. In 2006, he penned Geisha: A Photographic History
1872–1912
, documenting the painted photographs of Japan,
concentrating on the portrayal of Geisha and their traditional
arts and distinguishing them from the prostitute classes.

Sara Cleary-Burns has been involved in the art world for
many years. Since 1985 she has chosen to concentrate on
photography as art, specializing in early hand-colored images
in their original frames, as well as manipulated photographs.
In pursuit of these interests she turned her hand to mounting
and presenting museum exhibitions, such as the highly
successful Forgotten Marriage, which toured throughout the
United States. As an archivist, administrator, fundraiser,
and publicist, she has been involved with some of the major
photographic collections of the United States.

Jeff Rosenheim is the Curator of the Department of
Photographs at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. An
influential advocate for photography as a significant art
medium, Rosenheim was responsible for bringing to the
Metropolitan the complete archives of Walker Evans and
Diane Arbus. He has lectured extensively in the U.S. and
abroad, and has taught at Columbia University, NYU, and
Bard College.

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