Happenings CLT Presents

Featuring Burk Uzzle

Wednesday, July 27, 6 - 8PM

HappeningsCLT and SOCO Gallery are pleased to present a live interview with acclaimed North Carolina photographer, Burk Uzzle. Uzzle's critically acclaimed work has captured poignant moments in contemporary history including the Civil Rights Movement and Woodstock and has explored the eccentricities of American life. Born in Raleigh, North Carolina Uzzle began working as a photographer at the News and Reporter at 17. By the time he was 23, he was the youngest photographer ever hired by LIFE magazine. Currently living and working in Wilson, North Carolina, his work is being shown this summer at the NC Museum of Art, the Ackland Art Museum at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, and at SOCO Gallery here in Charlotte, North Carolina. 

Carolina Art Crush Live is a translation of the popular art crush interview featured weekly on local arts blog, HappeningsCLT.com. Join us for a one night only event featuring a lively version of this interview with Uzzle on Wednesday, July 27th, 6 8PM at SOCO Gallery. The gallery is located at 421 Providence Road in Charlotte, North Carolina. Food will be provided by Earl's Grocery and the event is free and open to the public.  

HappeningsCLT provides the creative community with information about the rich and diverse visual art scene in Charlotte and surrounding areas. Our goal is to both highlight and serve as a resource for artists, art professionals, art makers, & art enthusiasts. More information about HappeningsCLT can be found on their website.

Burk Uzzle (American, b. 1938)

Burk Uzzle has created work with nuanced compositions blending American culture, individual psyches of particular places or people, and an atypical way of seeing ourselves, our values, and our community. Always respectful yet locating the poignant or quirky, the history of his narrative belongs to all of us.

Initially grounded in documentary photography when he was the youngest photographer ever hired by LIFE magazine at age 23, his work then grew into a combination of split-second impressions reflecting the human condition during his tenure as a member of the prestigious international Magnum cooperative founded by one of his mentors Henri Cartier-Bresson. For fifteen years, Uzzle was an active contributor to the evolution of the organization and served as its President in 1979 and 1980. During the sixteen years he was associated with Magnum, he produced some of the most recognizable images we have of Woodstock (album cover and worldwide reproduction of its iconic couple hugging at dawn) to the assassination and funeral of Martin Luther King Jr. to our comprehension for the experience of Cambodian war refugees.

His archive spans almost six decades. His current work rests deep in photographic appreciation of the quiet, strong, and eloquent beauty he discovers in America’s small towns and its people. Uzzle’s current body of work is the production of artful and constructed reflections of his subjects, many of whom are African-American residents proximal to his studio in North Carolina. Their layers of experience are conjoined with Uzzle’s fundamental appreciation for unseen characteristics, which he ably captures in a collaborative, interpretive context along with his eye and his heart. interpretation, of art, of independently produced projects.