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Dan Burkholder
Elements and Inks

Berkshire / Capital District Homestyle -April 2009
Art / Now Showing by Richard Houdek & Jennifer Stoner

"Oh, to be blessed with just a single, easily identifiable style of image making!" So states renowned photographer Dan Burkholder, in regards to his portfolio of work. Landscapes, figure work, pictorial and personal images are subjects that have been the focus of this "traditional fine art photographer" whose work has evolved and impacted the world of digital photography, and those interested in the techniques he has championed since 1992.

Now, in his new series of work, Dan combines his use of platinum palladium printing with 24k gold leaf, creating photographic prints that "seem to shine with light from within," comment gallery owners Judi and Bernard Gerson. Landscapes of the Hudson Valley (near his home) are the subject of his stunning photographs included in this exhibit "Elements & Inks" at Galerie BMG in Woodstock, NY.

To learn more about his process, visit the gallery for an artist's reception on April 4th from 4-7 p.m. You may also visit his website at www.danburkholder.com, which provides a great deal of information and resources available for those interested in the field. Judi and Bernard are happy to answer any questions about the artist as well! The exhibit begins April 3rd and concludes May 18th.


Ulster Publishing's Almanac -April 16, 2009
Fossilizing Light by Paul Smart

To anyone who works seriously in digital photography, Dan Burkholder - who moved to the old artist's community of Palenville in Greene County a few years back, and is showing exquisite new work at Galerie BMG in Woodstock - is a "must-know" name. Not only did he originate the digital negative process in 1992, opening doors for black and white photographers to shift to new electronic technologies, but his how-to book, Making Digital Negatives for Contact Printing, has become the guide for anyone working in the field. He has become known as one of the top teachers in the field, and came to the area partly because of the region's tight knit and world-class photo community.

How grand then to be treated to the traditional platinum palladium printed works in BMG's show, each image's delicate hand-touched elements lent added preciousness by Burkholder's embellishments with 24-karat gold leaf - and to be able to note the ease with which this artist has matched his newer images' digital elements with these older methods. He has carefully chosen pigments and other means to imbue everything here with a subtle luminosity that seems to allow light to shine out of all on view, as if that vague ageless beauty that we all recognize in our region's landscape has been captured once and for all. Talk about alchemy!

I try to exploit photography's ability to fossilize light as no other medium can, and find the qualities of both the handmade and pigment prints particularly suited to my vision of reality, whether straight or romanticized," Burkholder has written for this show. "I am more concerned with emotional honesty than literal honesty in my photographs. My job is to respond to visual intrigue and beauty, and then to create a photograph that conveys to the viewer my feelings for the subject."

"Elements & Inks", an exhibition of new work by photographer Dan Burkholder focused on his new homeland here in the Hudson Valley (and Catskills), will be on display through May 18. Gallery hours at 12 Tannery Brook Road in the center of Woodstock are Friday through Monday from 11 am to 6 pm or other times by appointment. For more information, call (845) 679-0027 or visit www.galerie.com.