Burton Pritzker – Photography is a medium of light, just as dance is a medium of movement.
Since the beginning I've been exploring with the camera, which I see as a key to a lock in a door, not as a tool to record the physical world. When I look through the lens of a camera, I sense another world, one beyond the reality of what I’m looking at. If my photograph is successful, that other world comes into being almost by magic. My aim is not to record something, but to reveal a “something else.” When the work continues in the darkroom and the images appear on blank paper, the story of light unfolds even more. This is my passion.
A degree in Architecture from the University of California in Berkeley pointed me in a creative direction, but it was the desire to create an experience of light in the design of a particular house that incited my defining “aha moment.” The image showed me that photography was THE path to investigate light. It became a major turning point in my life and brought with it an incredible sense of freedom and the perfect opportunity to devote myself full time to an art form.
Since 1982, my career has included commercial work for major national brands, multiple solo and group exhibitions, private and museum collections and permanent installations. A short film, “Riding the Ox” was a finalist in the 2016 Blow-Up Chicago Arthouse Film Festival and an Official Selection in the 2016 Cutting Edge Film Festival. Publications include two books, “Forgotten Planes” and “Texas Rangeland.”
Upcoming Solo Exhibition – Museum of the Big Bend, Texas State University @ Alpine, Texas – June 14, 2019 – September 2, 2019