David Burdeny

BIOGRAPHY

David Burdeny

Born 1968, Lives in Canada

David Burdeny’s work is characterized by strong composition and exceptional photographic quality. It is truly a combination of artistry, technology and knowledge. He creates each architectural photograph from a single, often very long, exposure of up to several minutes in low lit interiors. Using very high resolution cameras that capture a wide dynamic range of shadow and highlight detail, far more than that of a typical digital camera, he sets about capturing buildings of historical importance.

When photographing interiors, Burdeny captures them just as they are found, though he does move fire extinguishers and other extraneous contemporary distractions out of the way. He relies only on natural light plus ambient lighting which is part of a room’s decoration, such as in chandeliers, sconces or lamps.  

Given the vagaries of mixed light sources (daylight and lightbulbs, for instance, each give off a different color light), post-production adjustments to the color channels (highlight, mid tones and shadows) become necessary.  Burdeny spends a great number of hours adjusting the intensity and color balance of each image in readiness for printing. While these changes may seem minute, they can take hours to weeks of intensive computer time to render each image as seamlessly the eye sees it. Each channel is addressed separately and the degree to which each is adjusted is often too subtle to see on the monitor. As a result, Burdeny runs continuous test prints to gauge his progress.  Surprisingly, from an amateur perspective, the less color in an image, the harder it is to get the image properly balanced. Getting white balance right often requires the use of dozens of full-size proofs because, as the image is scaled, the apparent white balance appears to change and additional adjustments have to be made accordingly. Thus, each series of a single photograph in different size editions, has a different white balance layer according to the needs of the size as a requirement to make them all appear the same when viewed next to each other.

The saltern series are photographed aerially and the colors are the result of algae.  As the salinity increases in the salt pans, the algae changes from a green to red.  The red ponds are generally at max suspension and are the ones soon to be drained and harvested.

 

ARTIST STATEMENT

The raw immediacy and lived experience of taking a photograph matters as much to me as how I compose the frame. It is my private personal connection to these places and the emotional or intellectual intrigue that grips me through the process that I hope resonates in the print. I seek to capture the mood and promise, silence and solitude in that extended moment of awareness. In my earlier architectural practice and now my photography career, I'm fascinated by the opportunity to invest symbols and narrative into built form or see the metaphor in a material space. I have an abiding interest in thresholds and liminality - places that seem somehow a bridge between the concrete and the ephemeral, elevated above time, hallowed. The sublime resides even in an ordinary space. And while the wondrous capabilities of the digital process permits an extraordinary level of clarity, detail and sensuality to be ingrained into an image, I like to think that there is a mystery at the heart of all my photographs, an appeal for the viewer to keep looking and see more.

 

Education

1998 Master of Architecture, University of Manitoba, Faculty of Architecture

1993 Bachelor of Interior Design, University of Manitoba, Faculty of Architecture

Solo Exhibitions

Upcoming

2016, Salt, Bau-Xi Photo, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
2016 Salt, Jennifer Kostuik Gallery, Vancouver BC, Canada
2016 Salt, Galerie de Bellefeuille, Montreal, QC Canada
2015 A Bright Future, New Work From Russia, Jennifer Kostuik Gallery, Vancouver BC, Canada
2015 Wanderlust, Heather Gaudio Fine Art, New Canaan, CT, USA
2015 Russia, Galerie de Bellefeuille, Montreal, QC Canada
2015 A Decade of Landscapes, FAF Cracow, Poland
2015 Saudade, Heather Gaudio Fine Art, New Canaan, CT
2015 Saudade, Bau-Xi Photo, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
2015 XS, Herringer Kiss Gallery, Calgary, Alberta.

2014 Saudade, Galerie de Bellefeuille, Montreal, QC Canada 2014 Saudade, Jennifer Kostuik Gallery, Vancouver BC Canada

2013 Traces of Time, Galerie de Bellefeuille, Montreal, QC Canada 2013 Traces of Time, Herringer Kiss Gallery, Montreal, QC Canada 2013 Traces of Time, Iris Gallery, Boston, MA, USA
2013 Traces of Time, , Jennifer Kostuik Gallery, Vancouver BC Canada

2012 Ancora, Centre for Photographic Art, Carmel CA, Curated by Richard Gadd
2012 Herringer Kiss Gallery, Exposure 2012, Gallery, Alberta, Canada 2012 Traverse Jennifer Kostuik Gallery, Vancouver, BC, Canada

2011 Ancora, Camera 16, Milano, Italy.
2011 Ancora, Herringer Kiss Gallery, Calgary, Alberta
2011 Lausberg Contemporary, Toronto, ON, Canada
2011 Ancora, Jennifer Kostuik Gallery, Vancouver, BC, Canada

2010 Iris Gallery, Boston, MA, USA
2010 David Weinberg Gallery, Chicago, IL, USA
2010 Lausberg Contemporary, Toronto, ON, Canada
2010 Galerie Schindel, Freiburg, Germany
2010 Brucie Collections, Kiev, Ukraine
2010 Sacred & Secular, Jennifer Kostuik Gallery, Vancouver, BC, Canada 2010 Herringer Kiss Gallery, Calgary, Alberta

2009 Young Gallery Brussels, Belgium
2009 Herringer Kiss Gallery, Calgary, Alberta

2008 North|South, Jennifer Kostuik Gallery, Vancouver, BC, Canada
2008 NorthISouth, Young Gallery, Brussels, Belgium
2008 David Weinberg Gallery, Chicago, IL, USA
2008 Antartica/Greenland, Lausberg Contemporary, Toronto, ON, Canada

2007 New Photographs, Young Gallery, Brussels, Belgium
2007 Specific Gravity, Jennifer Kostuik Gallery, Vancouver BC, Canada 2007 Shorelines, Collins Lefebvre Stoneberger, Montreal QC, Canada 2007 Gilman Contemporary, Ketchum, Idaho, USA
2007 Drift, Exposure 2007, Gallery; Herringer Kiss Gallery, Calgary Alberta, Canada

2006 Photographs, Cervini Haas Gallery, Scottsdale Arizona, USA 2006 Photographs, 3x10 Seattle, Washington, USA

2005 Shorelines, Jennifer Kostuik Gallery, Vancouver, BC, Canada

2004 Sur-Mer, Jennifer Kostuik Gallery, Vancouver, BC, Canada
2004 Hollinger Collins Art Contemporain, Montreal, Canada
2004 Gateway Theatre, Richmond Art Gallery, Richmond, BC, Canada

2003 Interval, Jennifer Kostuik Gallery, Vancouver, BC, Canada
2003 World In Focus, Juried by Carl Gronquist, Cathryn Buchanan, Rainier Square building, Seattle, WA
2003 Recent Images, Maple Ridge Art Gallery, Maple Ridge, BC, Canada 2003 Artropolis 2003: Residue, curated by Pauline Conley, CBC Building, Vancouver, BC, Canada

2002 Fifteenth Annual Juried Miniature Show, Michael Gibson Gallery, London, Canada
2002 Seascapes, Architectura, Vancouver, BC, Canada

1996 Kathmandu Urban Images, Gallery 111, Winnipeg, Canada

1992 Juried Photography Show, Red River Exhibition, Winnipeg, Canada

Group Exhibitions

2015 Far and Away, Bau-Xi Photo, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
2014 Surfs Up, Art Project Paia, Maui, Hawaii, USA
2015 Art Miami Context, Bau-Xi Photo, Miami Beach, Florida, USA
2015 Art Miami Galerie de Bellefeuille, Miami Beach, Florida, USA
2015,TIAF Galerie de Bellefeuille, Bau-Xi Photo, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
2015 TIAF Bau-Xi Photo, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
2015 TIAF Galerie de Bellefeuille, Bau-Xi Photo, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
2013 Realiteit,, Jennifer Kostuik Gallery Vancouver BC
2013 Have A Nice Day, Tom Chambers, Rodney Smith, Laurie Victor Kay, David Burdeny

Gilman Contemporary, Ketchum, Idaho, USA
2008 The Best of 2007 – A Retrospective, The Iris Gallery of Fine Art Photography
2007 Bit Impressions, Gilman Contemporary, Ketchum, Idaho. USA
2007 Gilman Contemporary, Ketchum, Idaho, Alex Couwenberg, David Burdeny, Robert Glenn Ketchum
2007 DIA Invitational, The Centre for Fine Art Photography, DIA, CO, USA
2007 LUMAS New York, NORIZONS – landscape in contemporary photography, NY, USA
2006 IPA Best of Show, Farmani Gallery Los Angeles, California
2006 Here are Your Waters, Green Foundation, Seoul, Korea
2005 Indian Hill Gallery of Fine Photography, Wells Vermont, USA
2004 Hollinger Collins Art Contemporain, Montreal, Canada
2004 Summer at the Gallery, Jennifer Kostuik Gallery, Vancouver, Canada
2004 Summer Group Show, Gallery 54, Calgary, Canada
2004 Photographs by John Dean, David Burdeny, Dan Gordon, + Brian Henson, Gallery 54

Calgary, Canada
2004 Keep Expanding, Jennifer Kostuik Gallery, Vancouver Canada
2003 Terrain, Tatar Gallery, Toronto, Canada
2003 World In Focus, Juried by Carl Gronquist, Cathryn Buchanan, Seattle, USA 2003 Peripheries, Maple Ridge Art Gallery, Maple Ridge, Canada
David Evans and David Burdeny
2003 Artropolis 2003: Curated by Pauline Conley, Vancouver Canada
2003 Juried Group Show, Surrey Art Gallery, Surrey, Canada
2002 Fifteenth Annual Juried Miniature Show, Michael Gibson Gallery, London, Canada
2002 Seascapes, Architectura, Vancouver, Canada
1992 Juried Photography Show, Red River Exhibition, Winnipeg, Canada.

Art Fairs

2015 Art Palm Beach, Galerie de Bellefeuille, Palm Beach, Florida, USA 2015 Art Miami Context, Bau-Xi Photo, Miami Beach, Florida, USA
2015 Art Miami Galerie de Bellefeuille, Miami Beach, Florida, USA 2015,TIAF Galerie de Bellefeuille, Bau-Xi Photo, Toronto, Ontario, Canada 2015 TIAF Bau-Xi Photo, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

2015 TIAF Galerie de Bellefeuille, Bau-Xi Photo, Toronto, Ontario, Canada 2014 Papier 14, Montreal, QC, Jennifer Kostuik Gallery
2014 Palm Springs Fine Art Fair, Jennifer Kostuik Gallery
2013 Palm Springs Fine Art Fair, Jennifer Kostuik Gallery

2012 Art Miami, Miami FL Jennifer Kostuik Gallery
2012 Toronto International Art Fair, Toronto, Canada Jennifer Kostuik Gallery 2012 San Francisco Fine Art Fair, San Francisco, CA, USA Jennifer Kostuik Gallery
2011 Art Miami, Miami FL Jennifer Kostuik Gallery
2011 Toronto International Art Fair, Toronto, Canada Jennifer Kostuik Gallery 2011 San Francisco Fine Art Fair, San Francisco, CA, USA Jennifer Kostuik Gallery
2010 Toronto International Art Fair, Toronto, Canada Jennifer Kostuik Gallery 2010 Photo LA, California, USA
2009 Toronto Art Fair, Toronto, Canada
2009 Bridge Art Fair, New York City, NY USA Jennifer Kostuik Gallery
2008 LAAF, Los Angeles California, USA Jennifer Kostuik Gallery
2007 Art Miami, Miami Florida, USA Jennifer Kostuik Gallery
2006 AAF Contemporary Art Fair, New York City, NY USA Jennifer Kostuik Gallery
2006 Palm Beach3 Contemporary Art Fair, Palm Beach, Florida, USA Jennifer Kostuik Gallery
2006 Photo L.A., Los Angeles, California USA Susan Spiritus Gallery, New Port Beach, California
2005 AAF Contemporary Art Fair, New York City, USA Jennifer Kostuik Gallery 2004 AAF Contemporary Art Fair, New York City, USA Jennifer Kostuik Gallery 2004 Scope LA, Los Angeles, California USA Jennifer Kostuik Gallery

 

Publications, Press, Interviews

2009 Art Travel, France, Fall issue
2009 Photo Journeys: David Burdeny’s Icebergs, Four Seasons Magazine, August 2009
2008 Lloyd Dykk, Elevating Icebergs to Realm of the Surreal, Vancouver Sun, September 17, 2008
2008 Jeri Zeder, Startup for An Ailing Planet, Harvard Law Bulletin, Summer 2008 – Cover Image
2008 Icebergs, Nox Magazine, Madrid, 2008

2008 Four Seasons Magazine, Winter 2008
2008 Ann Rosenberg, Northern Light, Galleries West, Fall 2008- Cover Image 2008 Diminishing Shelf Life, Canadian Art (online), Summer 2008
2008 Snapshots in Time, Where Toronto, Summer 2008
2008 Photo Life Magazine, Portfolio May 2008 Vol 33, Number 3
2007 Betty Ann Jordon, Ethereal Waterworlds Bridging Heaven and Earth Inform the Gorgeously Minimalist Pictures of Vancouver Artist David Burdeny, House & Home, November 2007
2007 Morley Walker, Two Cameras, One View, Winnipeg Free Press, December 2007
2007 Black + White Magazine (USA) 2007 Portfolio Contest Awards, p. 20-23 2006 Interviewed by Russell Joslin, David Burdeny: Shorelines, Shots 94, Winter 2006. p. 12-15.
2006 September Photo Magazine Romania, Interview + Cover
2006 Vancouver Magazine, June 2006, The Ocean Club p.70, 72
2006 Communication Arts Photo Annual 2006
2006 Digital Photographer (Ukraine edition) Mar. 2006
2006 Georgia Straight Vol 39 No.1 1983
2005 Robin Laurence, David Burdeny: Shorelines, The Georgia Straight, December 2005
2005 Communications Arts Photo Annual 2005
2005 Vancouver Lifestyles Magazine, State of the Art Interview
2005 Wojtek Tkaczynski, Slady Czlowieka: David Burdeny, Fotopozytypw, May 2005 – Cover image
2005 Black + White Magazine (USA) Single Image Annual
2004 Communication Arts Photo Annual 2004
2004 Hasselblad “V” System Catalogue
2003 Photo Media, Spring 2003
2003 Grand Prize Winner: David Burdeny, PhotoLife, March 2003 vol. 28- Cover Image
2003 The Big Picture, Artropolis, 2003

 

Awards

2014 IPA Professional Photographer of the Year: Nature
2010 IPA Professional Photographer of the Year: Nature
2008 IPA International Photographer of the Year, Nature Category 2007International B+W Portfolio Contest Award of Excellence 2006IPA- 1st place Landscape Division
2006 Photolucida Critical Mass Winner, Portland, Oregon 2006Award of Excellence, Communication Arts Photo Annual 2005IPA – Nonprofessional Photographer of the Year: Nature 2005IPA – 1st Place – Nature – Non professional
2005 IPA – 2nd Place – Nature – Non professional
2005IPA – 3rd Place – Landscape Fine Art – Non professional

2005Award of Excellence, Communication Arts Photo Annual
2004 International B+W Spider Awards Outstanding Achievement: Amateur Photographer of the Year
2004 International B+W Spider Awards Outstanding Achievement: Architectural (Amateur)
2004International B+W Spider Awards Outstanding Achievement: Nature (Amateur)
2004 International B+W Spider Awards Outstanding Achievement: Fine Art (Amateur)
2004 International B+W Spider Awards Honorable Mention: Fine Art (Amateur 2004 Award of Excellence, Communication Arts Photo Annual
2003 Honorable Mention, World In Focus, Rainier Square building, Seattle, WA 2003 Grand Prize, PhotoLife Magazine, Image International, 2002
2002 Honorable Mention, Fifteenth Annual Miniature Show, Michael Gibson Gallery, London, ON
1998 MAA Medal
1993 ASID Yale R. Burdge Award