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

Save The Date – Norman Rockwell Photos by Garry Camp Burdick

Oh, things are exciting around here… Please come by the Good News Cafe in Woodbury Connecticut, to see my images of Norman Rockwell on display. The date is Sunday September 26th from 3pm to 5pm. The show will be up for a month or more. I am showing 25 framed portraits of the man himself. Thanks to Bethel Photoworks and Ray Flanigan for helping me with framing. The Norman Rockwell prints were made by Mark Savoia over at Still River Editions. I love posts with photos so I am including a few shots of the workings.

Hope to see you at the show…

Garry Camp Burdick

Good News Cafe – Thank you Carole Peck…


The guys that made it happen. Quality work by Ray at Bethel Photoworks and Mark at Still River Editions…..

Still River Editions - Bethel Photoworks

Norman Rockwell’s hands…..those hands contributed immeasurably to American Art

Norman Rockwell Hands and Glasses

Smithsonian – National Portrait Gallery – Norman Rockwell

In the year 2004 I was honored by the National Portrait Gallery who added FIVE of my Norman Rockwell images to their collection. WOW…. what a day that was and a moment that I will never forget. Here are the five images that they selected.

Norman Rockwell Portrait in StudioNorman Rockwell Portrait Lighting MatchNorman Rockwell Portrait Pointing BrushNorman Rockwell Portrait Pipe and BrushesNorman Rockwell In Studio

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