News Art

Manipulated Photographs from the Burns Archive

By Stanley B. Burns; Sara Cleary-Burns
Burns Archive Book, Hardcover, 9781576874646, 127pp.

Publication Date: December 2008

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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.

About the Author
Dr. Stanley B. Burns, MD, a practicing New York City ophthalmic surgeon, is also an internationally distinguished photo-historian, author, lecturer, curator, and collector. For the last three decades he has concentrated on collecting photographs relating to unexplored areas of history and photographs. The collection now contains over 800,000 images, including a comprehensive compilation of early hand-colored photography. Photographs from his collection have been featured in numerous publications, films, and museum exhibitions. The Burns Archive and Press, his stock photography and publishing entity, is a valuable photographic resource for both researchers and the media. Burns is also a consultant for Hollywood feature filmmakers and a contributing editor for seven medical specialty journals. Utilizing his unique collection, Burns has written seventeen award-winning photo-history books and hundreds of articles, and curated dozens of exhibitions. France's Channel Plus created a documentary on his work as part of their series Great Collectors of the World.
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