A Morning with Norman Rockwell

Norman Rockwell In Studio

Norman Rockwell in Studio by Garry Camp Burdick

Here is a little write-up that I thought I would share….

Good News Cafe will welcome Garry with an opening reception at the restaurant from 3 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, September 26, 2010. The public is cordially invited to meet the artist, view his exhibition, and learn more about his works while enjoying complimentary hors d’oeuvres and wine.

History is a moment in ones past and my past was a moment with my cameras, studio, and darkroom. Meeting many wonderful interesting people over the years some famous, some not, The best was Norman Rockwell, so I have chosen him for you all to see, as I saw him. Interesting, animated, loving his own work and happy to show me around his dazzling studio.

Garry Camp Burdick has lived a lifetime of working with, knowing and photographing amazing people. He worked as a staff photographer for Seventeen Magazine, taught at the Famous Artists School and at Western Connecticut State University. Burdick has been a professional freelance commercial photographer for the last fifty years and those years are filled with amazing stories. Burdick’s new show at Good News Cafe is an example of just that…”A morning with Norman Rockwell”.

….on a cold winter morning in 1968 he headed up to Stockbridge, Massachusetts and the studio of Norman Rockwell to take a few photographs of him. By that time, Norman Rockwell had been doing four decades of his famed Saturday Evening Post covers. He had painted and taught at various schools and was even then a recognized part of New England’s professional art community.

What took place that morning was the capturing of an icon. The man took on gestures and poses that replicated his paintings naturally as if the two were inseparable. Animated and filled with life these photos of Rockwell are classic examples of the type of Americana that he himself tried to paint. The classic black and white images are laden with the artist’s studio trinkets and famed paintings of the period. Immortalized in film much the way Norman Rockwell’s figures were in paint, Burdick’s compositions are a homage to the very artist he is photographing. The soft mid-tones of the prints are nicely contrasted by the deep blacks and bright whites, lending even more ambiance to one of New England’s most famed artist. Burdick says, Seeing with my camera came to me as a gift, composition fell into place without thinking; wonderful light, the real component of photography was second nature.

Editions of these photos are now owned and on display at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery with such heavy weights as Irving Penn and Arnold Newman. Garry Camp Burdick grew up in Redding, Connecticut, raised his family in Brookfield and currently lives and works in Southbury.

Press contact: Chuck Read or Bernard Jarrier @ 203-266-4622

“A Morning With Norman Rockwell” will be running from September 22 until November 30, 2010 at the Good News Cafe and Gallery, 694 Main Street South, Woodbury, CT