The Burns Archive

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Industry Arts
Location New York, New York, United States
Introduction Stanley B. Burns, MD, a New York City ophthalmologist is an internationally distinguished author, curator, historian, collector, publisher, and archivist. In 1975 he began collecting historic photography. In 1977 he founded The Burns Archive to share his discoveries and began his writing and publishing career. Dr. Burns’ collection of vintage photographs (1840-1950) has been generally recognized as the most important private comprehensive collection of early photography. It has been showcased in numerous national media venues worldwide. Artists, researchers and historians access the one million+ photographs. The images have been the source of numerous Hollywood feature films, documentaries and museum exhibitions. Dr. Burns has authored forty photo-historical texts and curated more than fifty photographic exhibitions. He has been a founding donor of photography collections, including the J.P. Getty Museum and The Bronx Museum of the Arts. He spends his time lecturing, creating exhibits, and writing books on underappreciated areas of history and photography.
Interests Photography, ephemera, medicine, crime, death, vernacular photography, war photography, African American History, photographic exhibitions, publishing