Yesterday and today, or today and tomorrow, depending on your time zone sees the launch of the new burn.gallery.show. This is one of the newest ventures for Burn magazine to raise funds and increase exposure for this new and exciting online photography magazine. If you have been living under a little bit of a rock in photography circles recently, then you may not have heard about Burn, the brainchild of the legendary Magnum and National Geographic photographer David Alan Harvey.
I first met David in 2003 when I attended one of his workshops in Lisbon, Portugal. At that time, I was an english teacher in Japan and was experimenting with photography and looking for inspiration, hence I travelled back to Europe to participate in one of his workshops. What I found was a man of incredible passion and enthusiasm for photography that was palpably infectious. Attending his workshop was one of the most important things that happened to me, photographically. On presenting my portfolio to David, he deconstructed it in a way I had never had explained to me before. Critical of many of the photos he saw, only a couple remained the critique that he barely liked. I decided from that moment to prove him, and most importantly myself, that I was able to create good pictures.
On January 1st 2008, through his blog Road Trips, David awarded me his first emerging photographer’s fund. Today, Road Trips has evolved into Burn magazine, which David has created alongside Anton Kusters, his Creative Director. Burn is an inspiration for many photographers who are struggling in a time when it seems that photography is being strangled and devalued.
The burn.gallery.show is the first print exhibition of many of the emerging photographers who have appeared through Road Trips and Burn, alongside legendary photographers such as Elliott Erwitt, Bruce Davidson, Susan Meiselas, Alex Webb etc. I am honored that one of my images has been chosen to run alongside these photographers. The image chosen is this one, that was featured on Burn earlier this year.
To find out what burn is, go here