When Marsha Burns—a trained painter—arrived in Seattle in the 1970s, she turned to photography as a way to document people on the streets of the city. The collection of silver gelatin prints, Polaroids and, more recently, digital prints she produced in Seattle, Berlin and cities across the world over the ensuing decades have become visual records of an era.
“Without exception, my subjects have come from the world of the misunderstood,” Burns says. “People who for many reasons did not fulfill the expectations of society. This image fit into that category—a person of great intellect and amazing talent, who for unknown reasons lived a life in very unusual circumstances of his own creating. He was a wonderful subject. The narcissistic character of my subjects was also attractive as it lent a certain confidence to my subjects.”
Marsha Burns: Look Again is on view at Prographica / KDR through Oct. 28.