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Burson Nancy

NANCY BURSON

Since the inception of her artistic career, Nancy Burson has been interested in the interaction between art and science and she’s among the first artists to apply digital technology to the genre of photographic portraiture. She can be considered the “Pioneer of computer-generated portraits”.

Her work is unique because she was the first to introduce composite portraits to the electronic age. She is best known for her pioneering work in morphing technologies: using computer programs to change or layer photos to show a new aspect of age, race or character of the original subject. Not only that: it is also about interventions based on the fusion of two or more images through a deforming system that works changing its reality, aging and rejuvenating photographs and thus projecting a portrait into the future or into the past. Digitally combining and manipulating images of often well-known individuals, including movie stars and world leaders, Burson examines political issues, gender, race, and standards of beauty.

In collaboration with researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Burson began to produce computer-generated composite portraits in the late 1970s to early 1980s. In 1981, she developed a software that could be used to “age” a human face, still used by FBI to help locate victims of child abduction.

RECENT WORKS
2016 – 2018

Trump Putin - Nancy Burson

Trump / Putin
(Time Magazine’s Cover – July, 19, 2018)

2018
color print on watercolor photo paper
cm 31.1 x 24.1 ca. / inches 12.2 x 9.5 ca.

Trump / Putin animation
(Time Magazine’s Cover – July, 19, 2018)

2018

 

Trump as five different races
(Black, Asian, Hispanic, Middle Eastern, Indian)

2016
color print on watercolor photo paper
cm 90 x 100 ca. / inches 35.4 x 39.4 ca.

EARLY WORKS
1976 – 2000

4 Vogue Models

Androgyny

4 Vogue Models

1989
vintage gelatin silver print
cm 35 x 37 ca. / inches 13.8 x 14.6 ca.

Androgyny (6 men + 6 women)

1983
vintage gelatin silver print
cm 49.8 x 49 ca. / inches 19.6 x 12.3 ca.

5 Self Portraits

Five Self Portraits at Ages 18, 30, 45, 60 & 70

1976
5 vintage gelatin silver prints
cm 83 x 27 ca. / inches 32.7 x 10.6 ca.

FirstSecond Beauty Composite

Male Movie Star Composites

First and Second Beauty Composites

(B. Davis, A. Hepburn, G. Kelly, S. Loren, M. Monroe)
(J. Fonda, J. Bisset, D. Keaton, B. Shields, M. Streep)

1982
2 vintage gelatin silver print

cm 48.3 x 26 ca. / inches 19 x 10.2 ca. (dyptich)
cm 37 x 34 ca. cad. / inches 14.6 x 13.4 ca. cad. (single images)

First and Second Male Movie Star Composite

(C. Grant, J. Stewart, G. Cooper, C. Gable, H. Bogart)
(R. Gere, C. Reeve, M. Gibson, W. Beatty, R. Redford)

1983
2 vintage gelatin silver print
cm 44.4 x 28 ca. / inches 17.5 x 11 ca.

BigBrother

Warhead

Big Brother

(Stalin, Mussolini, Mao, Hitler and Khomeini)

1983
vintage gelatin silver print
cm 52 x 45 ca. / inches 20.8 x 17.7 ca.

Warhead I

(Regan, Brezhnev, Thatcher, Mitterand, Deng)

1982
vintage gelatin silver print
cm 39 x 38.5 ca. / inches 15.3 x 15.2 ca.

10 Businessmen from Goldman Sachs

Ethan Patz Update

10 Businessmen from Goldman Sachs

1982
vintage gelatin silver print
cm 32 x 35 ca. / inches 12.6 x 13.8 ca.

Etan Patz

Age 6 to 14 (dyptich)

1984
2 vintage gelatin silver print
cm 67.5 x 41 ca. / inches 26.6 x 16 ca.

Cog and Dat

Lion Lamb

Cog and Dat

(Dog and cat)

1983
vintage gelatin silver print
cm 40.5 x 37 ca. / inches 15.9 x 14.6 ca.

Lion / Lamb

1983
vintage gelatin silver print
cm 39 x 39 ca. / inches 15.3 x 15.3 ca.

Baby Elvis

Baby Marilyn

Baby Elvis

1988
vintage gelatin silver print
cm 32 x 34 ca. / inches 12.6 x 13.4 ca.

Baby Marilyn

1988
vintage gelatin silver print
cm 32 x 34 ca. / inches 12.6 x 13.4 ca.

Catwoman

Mankind vintage

Catwoman

(Self-portrait with cat)

1985
vintage gelatin silver print
cm  ca. / inches  ca.

Mankind

1983-85
vintage gelatin silver print
cm 35 x 36.5 ca. / inches 13.8 x 14.4 ca.

The Newmans

Womankind final

The Newmans

(Joanne Woodward and Paul Newman)

1984
vintage gelatin silver print
cm 38.3 x 38.3 ca. / inches 15 x 15 ca.

Womankind

2000
color print
cm  ca. / inches  ca.

Mankind final

womankind_mankind final

Mankind

2000
color print
cm  ca. / inches  ca.

Womankind / Mankind

2000
color print
cm  ca. / inches  ca.

Aged Elvis

1986
vintage gelatin silver print
cm 26 x 32 ca. / inches 10.2 x 12.6 ca.

Making Money

1984
vintage gelatin silver print
cm 34 x 29 ca. / inches 13.4 x 11.4 ca.

EXTENDED FAMILY: 1996-2000
A Fictional Bioraphy

12 photo emulsions printed on crystal paperweights, each 8.3 cm / 3.25″ (diameter)

Installation dimensions: cm 65 x 50 ca. / inches 25.6 x 197 ca.

“A fictional woman’s “normal” life created in collaboration with my cousin and using both our families’ photo collections.
I created fake grandparents comprised of both our grandparents, fake parents and etc. trough time.
The last is an aged image of both of us older, achieved using my aging software”.

POLAROIDS COLLECTION

 

Aged Marilyn Monroe SX-70

Aged JFK SX-70

Aged Marilyn

1986
unique vintage spectra polaroid
cm 24.5 x 21.5 ca. / inches 9.7 x 8.5 ca.

Aged JFK

1987
unique vintage spectra polaroid
cm 22.5 x 22.5 ca. / inches 8.9 x 8.9 ca.

Prog_Fig (Kermit_Miss Piggy)

Mankind Color SX-70

Prog Fig

(Kermit and Miss Piggy)

1985
unique vintage spectra polaroid
cm 22.5 x 22.5 ca. / inches 8.9 x 8.9 ca.

Mankind

1984
unique vintage spectra polaroid
cm 22.5 x 22.5 ca. / inches 8.9 x 8.9 ca.

Cezanne_Van Gogh#5 Spectra Polaroid

Aged Madonna

#5 Cézanne / Van Gogh

1986
unique vintage spectra polaroid
cm  ca. / inches  ca.

Aged Madonna

1986
unique vintage spectra polaroid
cm 22.5 x 22.5 ca. / inches 8.9 x 8.9 ca.

Aged Barbie

1994
unique vintage spectra polaroid
cm 22.5 x 22.5 ca. / inches 8.9 x 8.9 ca.

Untitled

1988
unique vintage polaroid
cm 54.7 x 70 ca. / inches 21.5 x 27.5 ca.

Polaroid medica 1

Untitled

1988
unique vintage polaroid
cm 54.7 x 70 ca. / inches 21.5 x 27.5 ca.

COMPOSITE PAINTINGS

#5 Van Gogh-Cezanne

#42 Monet-Pissarro

#5 Cézanne / Van Gogh

1986
color inkjet print
cm  ca. / inches  ca.

#42 Monet / Pissarro

1986
color inkjet print
cm  ca. / inches  ca.

#20 Piccaso-DeKooning

#51 Rothko-Gottlieb-Newman

#20 Picasso / De Kooning

1986
color inkjet print
cm  ca. / inches  ca.

#51 Rothko / Gottlieb / Newman

1986
color inkjet print
cm  ca. / inches  ca.

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