Nancy Burson

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Saturday, July 28, 2012


Prices and estimates of works Nancy Burson

First and Second Male Movie Star Composites, (Left: Cary Grant, Jimmy Stewart, Gary Cooper, Clark Gable, Humphrey Bogart. Right: Richard Gere, Christopher Reeve, Mel Gibson, Warren Beatty, Robert Redford.)

Warhead I, 1982 (Reagan 55%, Brezhnev 45%, Thatcher less than 1%, Mitterand less than 1%, Deng less than 1%)

Nancy Burson, Aged Barbie

Examples of Face Morphing in Popular Culture:

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Acclaimed artist/photographer Nancy Burson’s work is shown in museums and galleries internationally. “Seeing and Believing”, her traveling 2002 retrospective originating at the Grey Art Gallery, was nominated for Best Solo Museum Show of the Year in New York City by the International Association of Art Critics. She has served as a visiting professor at Harvard and was a member of the adjunct photography faculty at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts for five years. Burson currently books events and reviews portfolios for the Photography Department at the New York Film Academy in NYC.

Nancy Burson combined art and innovation in a way that challenged photographic truth at the birth of digital manipulation. She is best known for her pioneering work in morphing technologies which age enhance the human face and still enable law enforcement officials to locate missing children and adults. Her Human Race Machine, commissioned by Zaha Hadid for the London Millennium Dome, was used for over a decade as a diversity tool that provided viewers with the visual experience of being another race.

Time Magazine Covers


Related Artists

Nikki Lee—”Layers” Photographs of the artist’s street portraits drawn in 14 different cities.

Richard Prince—”Untitled Girlfriend (Jerry’s Girl)” Composite image of all 57 girlfriends of Jerry Seinfeld’s character that appeared onscreen

Morphing in pop culture

Animorphs - by David B. Mattingly

Mid-morph animorphs are the most horrifying thing (via Buzzfeed)