BURN.02 limited edition

© Alisa Resnik



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Some of you were on hand September 1 in Perpignan for the launch of Burn 02. By all accounts, the buzz on Burn and Burn 02 was palpable. In all my years in the business, I never saw quite this sort of “big warm”. Was it the slide show? Was it the new in print magazine? Perhaps those things helped. But it was way more than a function of display. It was about YOU. This audience. This audience who supported new and original work by Paolo Pellegrin and Alisa Resnik and Bruce Gilden and others to be seen now first in Burn 02.

Burn 02 is not a repeat of Burn online. Burn 02 is its own original work. A 1500 copy limited editon. Online is terrific, but when you hold 02 in your hand, you will know what photography is all about from our perspective. I am not published in it. I wish I was. The place to be published for sure.

Yes, 02 was a collaboration. But there is always one person who is THE driving force. Diego Orlando, our special projects editor, is that person for 02. Anton and I were in the background on this baby. Designed and printed and bound with loving care in Italy by the very best, you will quickly see why there is pride all around.

I am proud of this magazine/book…I can say this in a way I could never say with my own work. That requires silence. But I can say that this feels like my best effort so far  as the director/coach and not in it as a direct “player”…Yet  I made something happen..Put the talents of others to work..Gave them all the rope they could handle. Kept an eye out..Mostly to set a standard….And to push everyone just a bit further than they wanted to be pushed..I knew they would thank me later …laughing…I will say no more now. On the front flap I wrote:

We are the photo equivalent of the garage band. Can this last/should this last? No. There is a curve on any creative endeavor. We are not at the peak yet. When we get there, then we will do something else and start the whole process over again. Could be an evolution, or could be a revolution. So let’s enjoy this moment. Now is the time to appreciate what we have, seek out new ways of doing things, celebrate our mutual language and push it just as far as we can possibly go.



1002 Responses to “BURN.02 limited edition”

  • David…

    I suppose all this archive of yours with “Vietnam, Maya, Chile, Sumatra, Bahia, Tunisia, Nat Parks, Libya, Cambodia, Living Treasures, lots and lots of entire years” is full of work that hasn’t been published. By this I mean I’m sure there were photos you took which were just as good or even better than those published in Nat Geo and didn’t get through because they didn’t help tell, help the story. These photos maybe have never been seen by anyone except you, so couldn’t you do a kind of greatest hits with unpublished work?
    A visual feast for all us DAH fanatics :)

  • ERIC G

    our whole team is coming to Australia..in Sydney for HeadOn…in May 2012 …my RIO show and book will launch then, as well as Burn audience singles show and several other shows from our photographers including of course Anton’s Yakuza… if you keep reminding us , we might still have a 01..we held on to a few copies just to see what they would be worth in the long run…we sell any copy we have of 01 within minutes and at a price now about 50% higher than its original cost…so this is good for everyone..it means Burn books go up in value…thanks for your support…we honestly want this whole experience of shooting for Burn online, audience building to create new things, to be of mutual benefit to all of us…so far so good…

    cheers, david

  • David, great news on the Ipad APP! Will be looking for it!

  • “…somebody told me it was broken, but i have not had time to check…”

    Well, I’ll save you the trouble.
    Your site is ‘live’ with links out (Road Trips, Burn,etc) all functioning but all your image galleries
    are blank.

  • EVA,

    You’re welcome :-) (I posted that Lance Rosenfield link a while back.) You also might want to take a look at some of the things that Alec Soth & co. are doing over at Little Brown Mushroom:

  • David…

    Uhmm.. that somebody was me.. wanted to look at ‘Tell It..’, but no way..

    And please, Magnum displays stamps, not pictures.. I mean the size.. PLUS the logo all over.. better than nothing, but if you’re a book junkie like me it’s a nightmare..

    I very much like your last word though.. that ‘hmmmmm’ looks promising.. ’cause once you start to think about something it’s half done :)

  • David ~
    hmm, Sydney huh? I’m not a huge fan but I can make an exception for you and the Burn crew. :) I’ll have to start planning. Or, you could come to Melbourne! it’s not as big as Sydney, but I’d say there’s a much higher appreciation for art.
    OOOH an .01! I’ll definitely keep reminding you. So, do I have to go to Sydney to get it? That alone might actually make Sydney worth it ;)

  • Justin!!

    Yep, know LBM, think have at least half of what one can find there.. sigh.. ;)


    sent you a message..

  • Oh.. and about FILM IS DEAD and such:


  • Eva~ I’ve sent one back… as long as I got the right address. :)


    just trying to keep you happy!


    yes, that was the part i heard was broken….the part with my pictures!! smiling..thanks for reporting..

    ERIC G

    well having worked in Australia on Banjo Paterson story NatGeo i well know the rivalry between Melbourne and Sydney..but the Australian Center of Photograhy and HeadOn invited us to the party…no invites from Melbourne!! ..but we would love to come to Melbourne for a presentation, seminar , whatever…i will buy you a stubbie if you will buy me one!!

    cheers, david


    Just saw this Fender Guitars press release today (edited for brevity):

    Fender is very proud to introduce one of the most distinctive signature models in its history, the Kurt Cobain Jaguar guitar…

    Accessories include a black textured vinyl hard-shell case and an exclusive Fender Kurt Cobain book featuring extensive photos and commentary by Charles Peterson and an insightful interview with Nirvana guitar tech Earnie Bailey.

    Nirvana photos courtesy Charles Peterson, © 2011.”

    Pretty cool – Congratualtions!

  • Let me go off topic for a moment and register a complaint. It has nothing to do with the price of Burn 02 or why the sea is boiling hot and whether pigs have wings. In short, my complaint is not germane to anything previously discussed in this thread. Those wishing to remain on topic may skip this and go directly to the next post. Thank you.

    Please allow me to preface my remarks here by saying that yes, despite what many people here in our happy little burg will tell you, I really do like dogs. I am fond of dogs in much the same way that I am fond of children. In fact, I actually know people who have both dogs and children and I know them to be among the finest people I have ever met. If I understand their reasoning correctly, having a dog is like having a small child that will never grow up and stick you in a substandard nursing home, whereas having a child is like having a dog that can actually talk to you, even if what they have to say is not very interesting and the passage of time will turn your loquacious toddler into a sullen adolescent snot who will want you to sign off on a student loan you can’t afford because going to the local community college is just too gauche for words. In any case, I have neither dogs nor children, but I think they are good idea for other people. I am all for other people making their own choices and then having to live with them.

    What I am not all for is people living in denial about their dogs; living in denial about your kids seems to be all the rage these days and there doesn’t seem to be anything I can do about that, other than point out that the reason that your little Johnny can’t do this, that, or the other thing may well be because your little Johnny is dumber than a box of wet rocks. But we are talking dogs at the moment. I bring the beasts up because I am committed to the walking lifestyle. I did not know that walking was a lifestyle until recently, when a friend pointed out that while he liked walking as much as the next person, he did not make a point of walking five miles [8.04672 km for those of you on the metric system] every day. I am not sure how my walking this distance every qualifies it as a lifestyle or me as a participant in said lifestyle—walking is just exercise to me—but again, if my friend wants to think that walking is a lifestyle, then more power to him. Walking still just exercise to me; you put one foot in front of the other and if you do it enough times, eventually you get somewhere. I, however, am not the only person here in our happy little burg committed to this lifestyle manqué. From my observation, I can report that there are hordes of walkers trooping the highways and the byways trying to improve their cardiovascular health. Unfortunately, many of these people feel the need to bring their dogs along with them as they walk.

    Canis lupus familiaris, the domesticated dog, is the most varied species of mammal on this planet, its variety being the almost exclusive fruit of human genetic interference with the canine genome, but in many ways Canis lupus familiaris differs little from the ultimate root of its species, Canis lupus, the grey wolf, and one of these ways is that dogs, like wolves, are territorial creatures who dislike the idea of anyone trespassing on their territory. There are exceptions to this rule, of course, as there are to all things; Alaskan huskies, I believe, are not territorial at all, the Aleut and the Inuit having bred the trait out of the husky as unnecessary to their needs for the breed, those needs being little more than a knack for pulling heavy loads over long distances through the snow and a willingness to look at backsides all day long. But most other dog breeds are territorial, and their territory extends to wherever their masters happen to be at the moment whether I like it or not, and I usually like it not, a lot of not, veritable scads of not.

    I usually like it not because I am of the opinion, and please correct me if I am wrong about this, that as my taxes went into paying for the many fine sidewalks that grace our happy little burg, I may therefore use these sidewalks in a safe, legal, and appropriate manner whenever I choose. I do not need a license to use the sidewalks nor does the Vampire State require such a document or carry pedestrian insurance to cover the hospital costs of my bumping into someone accidentally, although it does occur to me that maybe I should not be giving the malfeasant and altogether peculative crew of feculent two-bit goniffs who run this state any bright ideas. In short, on the sidewalks of our happy little burg I am a free man, a free man using the commons open to all, and it is exactly this state of affairs that dogs refuse to acknowledge and their owners constantly seek to excuse.

    Dogs do not accept, much less understand, the legal and constitutional principles raised in the previous paragraph. All dogs know is that I am on the same side of the street as their owners and that means that I had better get out of the way, as in right now, buster, or you’ll be sorry. When this dog, having determined that this sidewalk, a sidewalk that my taxes paid for [I did mention that, didn’t I?] is not big enough for all of us, acts on its determination by barking, snarling, baring its teeth, and generally straining at the leash in an attempt to get close enough to me to take a bite out of one of my legs, the owner of this aggressive pooch will invariably inform me that I have nothing to worry about—the dog is friendly, the dog does not bite, the dog loves people, and that this dog has a warm and fuzzy personality with a heart as big as the great outdoors. I must admit that I find all these alibis intensely fascinating, no two ways about it, as it shows almost better than almost anything else that I can think of, the power of the irrational and cognitive dissonance in the lives of people you would otherwise think of as entirely rational.

    Let us look at the facts of the matter here. You, the owner of this dog, claim that your dog is a friendly dog that loves people. Well, I hate to be the one who breaks the news to you, friend, but your mutt’s snapping, growling, tooth-baring, barking, and pulling on the leash in order to get within chomping distance of my legs are not the signs of a dog filled with the milk of canine kindness; they are the signs that your dog has no special regard for any hominid that isn’t you. I would also venture to say that the very tight grip you’re keeping on the leash as your dog goes about snapping, etc., etc., etc., tells me that you don’t believe all that nonsense about your dog being a friendly dog who loves people, either. As for your mangy fleabag having a warm and friendly personality, well, I am sure he does; you say so, after all; and I think you should encourage the beast to bring that personality with him during your sojourns through our happy little burg, because I’ll tell you, pal, the personality your mutt’s got now needs work, a lot of work, and maybe a good-sized dose of tranquilizers as well.

    I know that none of these people will actually do this, but I think they’d be better off leaving their dogs at home while they go for their walk. The purpose of walking is to get some exercise, which you are not going to get so long as you stand around waiting for your dog to evacuate its bowels, which is a subject I will get into at some other time. Dog owners are not improving their cardiovascular health when they stop every twenty feet or so the dog can sniff the base of every perpendicular object in the neighborhood. I’m sure that all that sniffing is your pooch’s way of keeping up with the canine Joneses, but you’re not wandering up and down the sidewalks so your dog can pay social calls with his neighbors, you’re trying to become a better and fitter you. So leave the dog at home and walk; you can always take the horrid little beast out later to drop its deuce, and the rest of us pedestrians will be much happier that you did.

  • David ~ Looks like I’ll have to have you invited here some day. I may have to create some sort of event just to lure you over. As for the stubbies. I don’t actually drink… how about a steak?
    I’ll be checking out the HeadOn guide for sure.. whether or not I can actually make it is another thing… *fingers crossed!

    time for bed, good night!

  • “…..anyway, thinking about the best way to deal with this….if i could justify the new york loft , then that would be the best space to have two full time people just working on my archive and getting all into Magnum etc etc etc…”

    It would only amount to a drop in the bucket but,as I have my own Imacon 848, I’ll float you a standing
    offer to scan 25-30 images a month,no cost, so that you can, at least, start digitizing the more important
    imagery in your archive.

    You’d have to send them to Montreal but it would be a pleasure to help


  • MARK

    that is too generous on your part…i like trade outs though…..either prints or free workshop , or ?? are you ever in new york??

    cheers, david

  • Akaky…

    I agree with you totally and so does my pitbull who is sick and tired of dog running loose where we live, who come bounding up to him looking for a fight. We both want to get on with our exercise which is walk peacefully and mind our own business.
    I’ve always believed a large percentage of human beings should be banned from having dogs. Above all they don’t treat them as dogs but as children as you quite rightly mentioned and they don’t understand the animal or even try to. Nowadays dogs seem to be fashion statements.
    My dogs pees when I allow him to, not when he wants to. Just like the leader of a wolf pack doesn’t stop every one hundred metres while the other members of the pack smell the trees and lift their leg. Dogs need leaders not friends it’s stresses them out and that is one of the greatest problems dog owners don’t understand and it’s got nothing to do with physical aggression or shouting.

  • a civilian-mass audience

    “it would be a pleasure to help”…
    and I offer to cook chicken…with quinces…and homemade bread;)

    AKAKY…may the spirits of your “writings” be with me!

    EVA…are you home,finally?

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    Welcome home ERICG…

    JIM,MR.VINK,JUSTINS,PAUL,K.LEE:)…thank you for reporting…

    and I am still waiting to hear from so many of my Lost BURNIANS…

    cause BURN is THE place to BE

  • David…

    I don’t know but I’m only speaking for myself, but thinking that the Loft is going is very, very sad news. Discovering RoadTrips all way back in the middle of 2007 going through a pretty bad time creatively in my life and full of doubts in general your stories made my life much brighter. For me the loft is part of those memories even though I’ve never been there, it for some reasons is a bit like some magical place which I would love to one day visit. I’m sure I’m not the only one who feels this way, it’s legendary.
    Can’t we help you with the loft? I mean perhaps 5 Euros/dollars or 10 Euros/dollars each of us, being so many of us we might be able to maybe muster up a couple of months rent.
    Speaking personally there is probably no way I would be the photographer and mostly likely a person I am today if it hadn’t been for RoadTrips and Burn. There is no way in any book or any college a student would ever find the experience and knowledge you have given us all. So I feel I owe you so much I have no problem whatsoever in helping out some way.

  • EricG.. Paul.. David.. Diego..

    Ok.. so, reading Paul’s message above, EricG wanting a copy of Brun.01, me having one and willing to sell it.. EricG has already ordered 02.. I see Diego next week and can bring him 01 to put in the package with 02.. will check with Diego if it’s do-able.. soo.. EricG, instead of paying me the book, make a donation towards burn loft expenses, US $ 50?? everybody gains.. Eric a book, Burn some $$, Paul a thumbs up for the idea? Can do?

    Civi.. home right now, leaving Sunday, MUST be back for doc appointment Thursday thoug.. so yes, almost home :)

  • a civilian-mass audience

    whatever PAUL said…

  • a civilian-mass audience

    EVA…10-4 !

  • David
    “….if i could justify the new york loft , then that would be the best space to have two full time people just working on my archive and getting all into Magnum etc etc etc…”

    Yes, this is a dilemma especially for folks our age. My own business has suffered hugely in the past few years, mainly a result of not having staff anymore to keep our marketing up, and to keep me organized. I’m facing the decision, do I let my commercial space go, operate from home, and slide gracefully into retirement? Or do I bite the bullet, find a good assistant, and pull myself and the business together. It is a tough decision. I love what I do, but after a summer off, I could really get into not having to carry the overhead and spending more time doing other things.
    At the moment I’m leaning towards biting the bullet, although I’m not sure if is just avoiding the much larger decision to sell the commercial building and move home.

    Anyway, would have love to come to New York for the last loft experience, but cannot manage it I’m afraid. Perhaps you will re-consider letting the loft go and I will get another chance.


  • Eva, you probably know this, but one way to see many of David’s photographs is to buy the NatGeo DVD collection and take screen shots. Far from optimal, but better than Magnum defaced postcards.

  • And it comes with incredible bonus material, too. 100 years of National Geographic!

  • David, I’ve already sent you a message delivering congrats for this several wonderful pieces of victories coming though your way and converging to ours. Of course, I’ve noticed that it’ll be half part of the mission, if I don’t extend my applauses to you Anton and Diego, for the professionalism, sweat and energy on this and finally and not less important…for putting belief, ideals, dreams on practice ..and practice most of the times can be so challenging. And now , the spotlights on my special “VIVA” to all the photographers composing what is the differential and what I call magnificent in Burn , Burn 01, Burn 02, also the photographers aspiring for , the readers, the writers, the supporters..for all of us who keep moving and standing by it. As I could imagine Panos saying.. That’s the revolution.. and I’ve signed… happy and proud of myself to be part and to witness it
    -And Civi and Panos…” your kids and pets” YES! YES! YES

  • Congratulations to all of you, it seems you made once more something great!

  • panos skoulidas, would you please give me a link to the list with those who have their auto portraits published? I am tired of searching and I still cannot find it!

  • a civilian-mass audience

    welcome home…DENISLAV…my name is civi…nice to meet you
    here is the list:

    August 23, 2011 at 8:30 am
    Hi all.. here the selfportraits published on Burn.02
    Internal cover images (from top left): Aga Luczakowska, Denislav Stoychev, Kurt Lengfield, Sean Gallagher, Andrew Harrington, Camille Beckles, Anton Kusters, Barbara Tomarchio, Carlo Pirrongelli, Jim Powers, Sandra-Lee Phipps, Eva-Maria Kunz, Thodoris Tzalavras, Wendy Marijnissen, Dominika Gesicka, Panos Skoulidas, John Vink, Roberta Tavares, Virginia Roncaglione, Andrea Barbato, Vissaria Skoulida, Michael Kircher, Gordon Lafleur, Michal Daniel, Ross Nolly, Thomas Bregulla, James Chance, Paul Parker, Kyunghee Lee, Bob Black, Jarle Kavli Jørgensen, Sidney Atkins, Wendy R. Walter, Michael A Shapiro, David Alan Harvey, Melissa M. Maltby, Laura Montanari, Sam Harris, Audrey Bardou, Cynthia Henebry, Valeria Semenzato, Lassal, David McGowan, Krystyna Larkham, Stuart Beraha, Jenny Lynn Walker, Richard Beaven, Frank Hack, Michael Webster, Anna Matlak, Ahmer Inam, Mette Vorraa, Don Hamerman, Abele Quaregna, Glenn Campbell, Jeff Hladun, Diego Orlando, Aaron Zebrook

  • a civilian-mass audience

    and I am not in:)))))))))))))))

    damnit…I should have bought that Leica…damnit:)))

  • lol, civi. All you need is a Holga and one of your chickens! Pulitzer prize.

  • Surely they have Holgas in Greece.

  • Thank you, DAH. I look forward to picking up Burn ’02 in person, and of course to the whole experience. I am glad you are making an iPad app of it.

    Jim Powers, you’ve got me a little worried about your comment regarding how expensive it is to make an app, as I have pretty much committed myself to making my first iPad book this fall. I committed myself without having any idea at all how to go about it or how much it would cost, but just thinking that there must be some kind f software out there that will allow a person to put together a basic book with words and photos fairly easily and cheaply.

    Maybe I am wrong. Maybe I have committed to break myself.

    Oh, well. We will see.

    Marks words comfort me a bit.

    As to the other stuff – this is what I really do not understand: how David does it all. I am a pretty busy guy and time is a big stuggle for me, but compared to David… and how much he does… constaantly… magazines… books… workshops… speeches and presentations all over the world… prints… shooting every single day, for 50 years… and still he finds time to address just about every comment directed at him on this forum…

    This is beyond my understanding. How can one human do all this?

    I got up about two hours ago. Just thinking about all this makes me feel like I need to go climb right back in bed and sleep for 20 years…

    Well, this is it for me today. No time to post further… yet DAH will likely post several more times… and yet will accomplish ten times as much as what I will…

    And there is cat sitting on my desk. A black cat. Directly between my keyboard and my monitor. It is difficult to see the screen, but I cannot make the cat move. He is comfortable there.

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    Is this JIM…my JIMMY??? heart of gold?


  • Frostfrog, a PDF is probably the better way to go cost wise.

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    September 9,2011 at 2:08
    JIM POWERS wrote to civilian…


    FROSTY…can you imagine…MR.HARVEY is still emerging…!!!

  • Jim, that would be the puletzer prize

  • Nice one, Gordon. I’m a sucker for good clean pun!


    thanks for your insightful explanations about Burn02 distribution… I thought you got a more fair agreement with the Italian bookstores, sort of a courtesy from them due to the peculiarity of the product: I mean, they can enrich their catalogue with a prestigious limited edition publication (that proved to be fast-selling in the past, btw), apparently no need to apply a straight 50%-50% sharing… but I am quite outside the publishing world, so forgive my naivety… I bought my copy from burnmagazine site today ;) and I will buy some other books from the charming bookstore too ;)) because I know they are driven by passion, the same passion that led to the creation of Burn01, Burn02, BurnXX… And speaking about couriers, you are right about the fact that they actually bring infrastructure where there aren’t any but at the same time they spoil the existing infrastructure: who needs anymore the passionate bookseller or the passionate printer uncomfortably located ont he other side of the town if the same service is available just a click away (and delivered from whoknows how many miles away to your front door)? Yes, more freedom for the consumer and cheaper prices too (as long as some competition exists…small-size players are already out of the game), but an unsustainable -in the long run- bill from the ecological point of view…imo

    Cheers and thanks for your hard work!

  • “that is too generous on your part…i like trade outs though…..either prints or free workshop , or ?? are you ever in new york??”

    Don’t worry about it. I’ll be like one of those late night furniture stores, “0 % interest and you
    don’t pay until 2017″ That said, i’ll take a print any day of the week.
    Plus, if i have to read about you loading the archives into the back of a pickup to outrun, yet, another hurricane I think I’d stroke out.

    All i ask, if you take up the offer, is please no heavy dark, underexposed Kodachromes.
    They’re a f@%ing bitch to scan.

  • Gordon? You ok, the earthquake anywhere near you??

  • Bill. Make the app. Do the workshop with David. Very few,if any,better people. Straight line guy. much respect and love. I feel you are the same maybe. A positive energy source….and thats a treasure wherever you find it.


  • Hey John..

    today I applied for tickets for London 2012.. counting on meeting up for a glass of whatever.. so you better knock the docs over in November!!!

  • Wow! You guys are so amazing. This was a great way to start my day.
    Eva and everyone involved, thanks so much.
    Ahh I’m so excited. Haha ok.. Calm… Calm…
    :D thank again.

  • a civilian-mass audience… civi, thank you!! What a surprise, a great surprise to see my name in the list… :)))) It’s.. let’s say… my biggest achievement in photography outside my country… :-))
    Have a nice evening (or morning?) everyone!!

  • Hey Gordon, stop jumping around up there, made my stomach lurch. Well maybe it was the burrito.

  • Tom, Gordon,

    I was in the grocery store at the time the quake hit and didn’t feel a thing. Either of you rattled?

  • The day’s not over and I am back.

    Yes, Civi, it is Jimmy for sure – and he’s still here! I spend more time with him than I do with any human.

    Thanks for the suggestion, Jim; and John, I will make that app, I will attend the workshop and you are the one who gave me the encouragement necessary to do it. I agree, there are few like David and none at doing what he had done and is doing and he deserves that respect and love, because respect and love is what he gives. I appreciate your good words.

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