Burk Uzzle, iconic photographer since the 1960s and native of North Carolina, photographs the confederate monument that was toppled by the public in Durham, NC in 2017.
Life Magazine, Magnum Photos, innumerable publications, museums, and art galleries have all benefitted from Burk's immeasurable talents and sensibilities behind the lens. As a southerner, born and raised in North Carolina, a great deal of his work as a photographer has been focused on exploring southern identity. In August of 2017, protestors toppled a Civil War monument of a confederate soldier, in Durham, North Carolina. In August of 2018 Burk was granted permission to photograph that same statue. "Remains" is a commentary on southern identity in 2018 through Burk's lens, and through his own words. It is a particularly tumultuous and divisive time in modern American history, and as a photographer who has contributed to the Civil Rights movement throughout his career, "Remains" is an important work of art not just for the history involved in producing that statue, but for the current state of it - the confederacy as "a failed idea, on the wrong side of humanity, which has caved in upon itself." As a companion piece to "F/11 and Be There," a feature film about Burk's life and work, "Remains" is also an extension of the primary message within that film - equality.
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Directed by Jethro Waters
Music by Luke Norton
Special Thanks to David Raymond and Janet Kagan.
Special thanks to the Durham, NC County Police Department.
Burk Uzzle’s singular vision and dedication to the medium of photography led him from a small, homebuilt darkroom on his father’s porch into the company and guidance of the 20th centuries most important photographers. Henri Cartier-Bresson, Cornell Capa, Rene Burri, and Elliot Erwitt were among his colleagues at Magnum; “F/11 and Be There” was a photographer’s mantra Burk picked up during his time with that organization. Long before he joined Magnum, Burk's prowess with a camera was evident when in 1962, he became the youngest photographer hired by Life Magazine at the age of 23. His photograph of the couple embracing at Woodstock would go on to become the cover of the Woodstock album. His iconic photographs of Martin Luther King Jr., the civil rights movement, Cambodia, Vietnam, Haiti, Robert Kennedy, the south, segregation, southern poverty, contemporary portraiture and landscapes, and so many others have made Burk a touchstone in the history of photography and photojournalism.