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”


    sorry to lump you two together , but sorry in my mind you are lumped…

    do either one of you know the term “stick in the mud”? you guys are such pessimists all around..everyday, all the time…must be exhausting and frustrating to just not like anything …or more likely to pretend to not like anything….no wonder…

    and yet..

    odds are, you are both probably right..odds are you are correct..both of you..hats off to you for being “right”…and then, and then….

    if i had listened to the “good advice” of folks all around me, i wouldn’t have walked out the front door…ever…the odds? always been stacked against me and my ideas, always….love it!!

    yes John, it is most likely a really bad idea to make platinum prints from an iPhone capture for the reasons you suggest.. although when you see the Burkholder collection you might change your mind…and yes Jim some 90’s retro would be popular and maybe Comic Book destined for the dust bin…

    it is very interesting the reactions from people and the reason why any of us must only march to our own drummer….while you want to see 90’s retro, my Magnum colleagues of course would choke on that and are only interested in RIO and COMIC BOOK (most of all)..so pleasing any camp one way or the other is folly..so, i always forget what most people say, and go on gut instinct…that last line is really my whole philosophy in one short sentence…

    yet for heavens sake amigos whatever happened to the good old fashioned concept of trying something different? …my forays into experimentation are in fact very very conservative…my biggest “jumps” are to go from film to digi on some things, and to play with fiction (which i have done for almost 20 yrs), so there is no radical change of heart in what i shoot or how i shoot it save for the looseness digi gives, loosest of all with the iPhone…let me play boys, let me play!!

    what you read here in comments and see occasionally as a published single here on Burn are my “sketches” or “contacts” if you will…and playing with the internet effects..my daily “newspaper”…not a final product of course…

    the process of trying, elimination and enlightenment…as i have stated here always, 9 out of 10 of my ideas either fail or i just stop doing them…but one out of ten WORKS…

    i am transparent here to help some readers realize what goes on behind the scenes in my head… to be helpful for the thinking process for some…i could easily ONLY here on Burn present my final works..just not show anything to you until you see the RIO book/exhibition in May or the same with Family Drive or OBX or whatever…

    i will make you two totally lovable and often humorous cynics a deal…i will stop showing my new sketches/experiments IF either one or both of you go out and do some new work…take some new pictures…put it up…show it here..on the table…no talk, just pictures….i promise promise to only show final pieces to this audience if you two will just show something.. anything…deal?

    ok, i am going out to shoot…you?

    cheers, david

  • MW

    great shot #2… 9-11…our paths must have crossed….and the weather was just like today…eerie…

  • What pisses me off about the iPhone is the phone……..hate being tethered to the damn things so I leave it at home.

  • Paul, thanks. Although I wasted most of my shots on redundant pictures of burning towers, I was happy that I also managed to pull away and concentrate some on people’s reactions. I think if I could go back 10 years and be there with my current gear, that’s what I would have focused on. I’ve never seen anything like the looks on peoples faces that day. Never seen any other photos that have capture it (though I’m sure they exist). And don’t see it from other disasters in other parts of the world. Wish I would have taken a self portrait as I’m sure I looked like that as well. It’s very strange being that close to so many people dying, especially when they are people you see every day. And then they started jumping… Then when I got to my daughter’s school there were several kids crying in the office whose parents worked at the towers. The staff was trying to console them that it was early and their parents probably hadn’t arrived to work yet, but nobody believed it.

    And thanks David, for not lumping me in with sticks in the mud. Although I’ve go a general hatin goin on for the app crap, I’m curious to see if you can overcome. The platinum print idea fascinating. I really hope you pull it off.

  • Yea, I don’t think anyone who was there will ever forget the feel of the weather that day. So crisp and blue.

  • And I’d better get out for my morning walk as well. Getting maudlin…

  • “With a camera in front of his eye, he could see; not without.”
    Masahisas Fukase’s ex wife.
    How very sad a poisoned gift…

  • David, play away!

    Hipster, and Instagram, and, and, and…are kind of cool for the first 15 seconds or so. Then there are a billion photos using them on the Internet and just another cliche.

    And I know for certain the Internet doesn’t need any more of my cliches.

  • David. Pretty sure I didnt attack your iphone snaps amigo. comic book etc either….dont have an opinion on any of it at all. None of my business even if I did.

    AND I am pretty sure Jim was being IRONIC!

    AND AND if you are talking about Dan Burkholder Im pretty sure his iphone prints are all digital.

    But maybe im just being overly pessimistic? I mean, the sun is out now, but for sure its going to rain before the years out :)

  • I dunno. I’m just not a fan of photos as “art,” and I see these gimmicks as a means supposedly to enable the masses to transform the banal into art (or least into something less banal). When someone with real talent uses the same gimmicks, they cast their work into that same stream of noise. IMHO, of course.

  • David, even though none of us can see the future, I bet that right now you’re pretty happy you didn’t go down the Blurb road with Burn-01… listening to the advice of others is not in itself a bad thing… you just need to pick and choose whatever fragments of what those “advising” have to offer make sense to you… in this instance, trying out digital capture with analogue output sounds just about right… I’d be very interested to see what you’ll create…


    NO worries…you know what keeps me such a kid about anything (photography,books, writers, music, cities, food etc) is that it always amazes me how much we continually find and learn!…there’s no failure in not knowing…only in not searching :))

    SIDNEY :))

    I TOTALLY agree with you! :))….about all you write (even without paragraph breaks, now where’s Peter to jump on your ass as he always does my own? ;)) )…Japanese belief and expansion of the Photobook (and its concept) is a continued inspiration, regardless of the style/genre/form etc…I used Provoke to illustration something about burn, but you are right the Japanese Photography book was an extraordinary beast beginning post WWII…and continues to this day…and while those i mentioned seem closer to my heart, i actually have a pretty wild range of tastes or loves/appreciation of Japanese photography….thanks for sharing your insight :)

    IMANTS :))

    ABSOLUTELY! congratulations on being published in the Japanese blog I WAS THERE……..and i agree exactly ))


    Michael, that’s a great 2nd shot…though 1 too is so visceral….i too am wearied of all the 9/11 coverage….today i’m thinking of Mark and will call him soon, as it is the 10th anniversary of his father’s death in the towers….

  • here is our image…oli pin-fat had invited me a 7 months ago and i said, ‘yes, if i can do it with marina and dima’….my image is from my russian book project, marina’s is from Versts…dima’s is when he was a child at dacha

    this writing i worked on ;)))

    this was published last week….


  • Bob and Imants…

    Another thing about Oriental art in general is the lack of artist ego.

  • ALL:

    Mark just read out his father’s name at the memorial in nyc…a strong and loving man….a true burnian….

  • Bob,

    Apologies. I tried to indent lines for paragraphs, honest… after I hit “submit” they somehow all disappeared. I admit that makes it harder to read… next time I’ll try leaving open lines between…


    I love COMIC BOOK… not just the idea, but the actual pictures you are taking and showing and the narrative flow it sets up… lots and lots to be explored there.. I can’t agree that it has to be only a temporary and soon overworked fad… not all cellphone pictures are equal… in the hands of an artist, art can be created in any medium. My old drawing teacher, who knew classical European painting materials and technique very well, insisted we learn to draw with felt pens, magic markers, and ball point pens… things anyone would probably have in their pocket.

    About platinum prints in the darkroom from iPhone images… not something I myself am eager to try, but an interesting, if slightly offbeat, experiment…

    The real point is that, as you say, when it comes to ideas, experiments, thought processes… you are totally transparent here, and all of us benefit from that incredible generosity. You shouldn’t have to defend yourself from such quibbles.

    I was reminded of some stage banter that Joni Mitchell used to use when fans would scream out for her to perform her old hits from the past… she would say, “How do you think Van Gogh would feel if people stood around him yelling, “Paint ‘A Summer’s Night’! Paint ‘A Summer’s Night’!” when he was trying to do something new???

  • sidney: no apology necessary….it is all good….

    from former Poet Laureate Billy Collins

    The Names

    Yesterday, I lay awake in the palm of the night.
    A soft rain stole in, unhelped by any breeze,
    And when I saw the silver glaze on the windows,
    I started with A, with Ackerman, as it happened,
    Then Baxter and Calabro,
    Davis and Eberling, names falling into place
    As droplets fell through the dark.
    Names printed on the ceiling of the night.
    Names slipping around a watery bend.
    Twenty-six willows on the banks of a stream.
    In the morning, I walked out barefoot
    Among thousands of flowers
    Heavy with dew like the eyes of tears,
    And each had a name —
    Fiori inscribed on a yellow petal
    Then Gonzalez and Han, Ishikawa and Jenkins.
    Names written in the air
    And stitched into the cloth of the day.
    A name under a photograph taped to a mailbox.
    Monogram on a torn shirt,
    I see you spelled out on storefront windows
    And on the bright unfurled awnings of this city.
    I say the syllables as I turn a corner —
    Kelly and Lee,
    Medina, Nardella, and O’Connor.
    When I peer into the woods,
    I see a thick tangle where letters are hidden
    As in a puzzle concocted for children.
    Parker and Quigley in the twigs of an ash,
    Rizzo, Schubert, Torres, and Upton,
    Secrets in the boughs of an ancient maple.
    Names written in the pale sky.
    Names rising in the updraft amid buildings.
    Names silent in stone
    Or cried out behind a door.
    Names blown over the earth and out to sea.
    In the evening — weakening light, the last swallows.
    A boy on a lake lifts his oars.
    A woman by a window puts a match to a candle,
    And the names are outlined on the rose clouds —
    Vanacore and Wallace,
    (let X stand, if it can, for the ones unfound)
    Then Young and Ziminsky, the final jolt of Z.
    Names etched on the head of a pin.
    One name spanning a bridge, another undergoing a tunnel.
    A blue name needled into the skin.
    Names of citizens, workers, mothers and fathers,
    The bright-eyed daughter, the quick son.
    Alphabet of names in a green field.
    Names in the small tracks of birds.
    Names lifted from a hat
    Or balanced on the tip of the tongue.
    Names wheeled into the dim warehouse of memory.
    So many names, there is barely room on the walls of the heart.

  • Please see the above “forbidden docu” or maybe not! You will be able to “live in it” soon, no reason to be prepared! Or maybe not???

  • Headline on MSNBC, quotes someone saying, 9-11-01 was “our Pearl Harbor.”

    Ahem… who’s Pearl Harbor was Pearl Harbor, anyway?

    I mean, I think I get what he’s trying to say, but do you really want that as the headline? This is the kind of foolishness we’re going to see all goddamn day as the media continues its orgy of “remembrance” and “honoring.” Desperately trying to out do the other networks as to who’s most patriotic and who is honoring the dead with the most heartfelt, Hallmark cards vapidity. Aaagh!

  • http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/11/opinion/sunday/europes-fiscal-fantasies.html?_r=1&nl=todaysheadlines&emc=tha211

    Most important, European leaders must shift from austerity policies that are leading to recession, not relief. They need to stimulate demand in stronger economies, like Germany, and defer austerity measures in fragile ones. One reason Greece keeps missing its deficit targets is that recession is shrinking tax revenues almost as fast as the government can slash spending. Now Italy, whose growth rates have lagged behind Europe’s for a decade, is being forced to swallow the same bad medicine.

  • First, MW: Maybe taken by a temporary amateur with a disposable camera, but definitely with the look and vision of the pro.

    Sidney, Eva, Bob — Now I am faced with the problem of trying to keep all these names in my head! Japan is just a short jet hop away from Anchorage. I’ve always wanted to make that jet hop, but you know the old thing about time and money. But… somehow… before I get too much older…

    And Sidney, I knew Michio. I once took a picture of him holding up one hand and the ends of his fingers were swollen in big blisters – frostbite!

    One of my best friends is Japanese, who was a prefessor at Columbia University when I first met her in Barrow, Alaska, but now teaches at Oklahoma, although she went back home for a time after the earthquake and tsunami. She is a budding photographer, too, and she tells people that I am the one who inspired her, so that always makes me feel good.

    It just occurred to me… you can meet her here, in this series of pocket camera snapshots from New York:


    And this dance series from Barrow:


  • Bill. Seeing as I am a pessimist, I think that you should cancel your trip to new york. Nothing good will come of it. You will not learn anything new nor have any life affirming experiences. In fact statistics show that the flight itself is a major cause of depression. You should either spend the money on opiates and pass a couple of months in a relatively benign stupor(I mean why not? the worlds fucked anyways and attending workshops is pointless in the face of this right????) or send the money back to the Idiot who sent it you so that he/she can do the same.
    ……..or, ….you can go ahead and go and have a chance to have a major league hoot, amongst some cracking people, in a killer location, with a truly gracious host.
    learn some new shit; teach some people some new shit too, and generally have a time.
    I guess you will probably do the latter…… but it will all go wrong. probably get mugged etc etc…
    Will rain the whole time…. Should really listen to me on this one blah blah blah blah….(continues ad nauseum )

  • You should either spend the money on opiates

    stop copying my s&$t!
    big hug , happy sunday y’all


    While it last! Last call for alcoyooooool!

  • John…

    You’re not a pessimist it just that you and I are English. English sense of humour is an acquired taste if one can ever manage to grasp it, my wife reminds me of this everyday. So, as I’m reminded of this so called handicap, I’ve learnt to tread lightly and bite my English tongue often, as people may feel offended by the most innocent of comments!
    But please DO NOT censor your comments as I would miss them.

  • I was just wondering if someone may be able to help me out please…. I’ve been hunting high and low (just about worn out Google!) but can’t seem to find what I’m looking for. Has there ever been a seminal essay done on the right wing/national front/right wing resistance etc.? I’ve been hunting high and low and have found some KKK stuff and the usual protests etc. and that’s about it! Any ideas? Thanks :-)


    Some startling covergences at work here… just for starters, my academic field just happens to be cultural geography, the same as Chie’s… only I went the other way, from North America across the Pacific to study the human-environment relationships in East Asia, and ended up teaching in Japan… and for a while did a seminar on the indigenous peoples of the Americas that my Japanese female students were fascinated by… and yes, the film “Dances With Wolves” was usually the catalyst for their interest.

    Wait, it gets better… the first place I went to college was Columbia in NYC (we’re talking 1964-66) and later, after I’d been in and out of the army, I lived for a while in that neighborhood again, though not as a student… pretty much every Sunday my cohort of bohemian-musician-artist-academic friends and I would have a very leisurely Chinese Sunday brunch at the old Harbin Inn on Broadway and 100th St, real northern Chinese holiday brunch food that was not on the menu but that we knew they would serve if we knew enough to order it… and then to burn off the calories we would hike the several miles up through Riverside Park and past the George Washington Bridge to the Cloisters and while away the afternoon there in the garden listening to the madrigal and recorder concerts they used to put on… so Columbia was my alma mater (it was there I learned Japanese and first studied Korean) and the Cloisters were my leisurely haunt of choice in NYC.

    Someday I bet your friend Chie and I could have a pretty interesting conversation in both English and Japanese.

    I guess I shouldn’t be at all surprised that you knew Hoshino Michio, but it adds even further luster to the esteem in which I hold you and your work.


  • As for the ongoing hipstamatic debate. I’ve always wondered why photographers say that these techniques are overused; the effect is too obvious, it alters reality etc etc etc. Yet B&W is “acceptable”; but its effect is about as obvious as you can get; and it sure as hell alters reality. So why is B&W acceptable? Just because it is a traditional technique? But it only became a traditional technique because there was no colour photographer available at the time…

    Also; blurred out of focus backgrounds alter reality (if you “see” like this you really need to see the optometrist!) and is used everywhere. Why are these “overused” techniques acceptable? I think it just goes to show how conservative photographers can be. ;-)

  • Maybe it’s because B&W was born out of necessity… the only way to take a picture for the first 60 years was in B&W… hipstamatic on the other hand is kind of the equivalent to using a Holga or a Lomo… the people using them are doing so almost exclusively for the look—which some argue is a trend that will pass and then their pictures will look like a haircut from the eighties… while the B&W “look” has passed the test of time… we’ll know for sure in a decade…

  • It seems that David is not the only Magnum photographer showing interest in platinum printing…


  • Photo sobs is what dives all this negativity about apps etc……………… usually led by film shooters who watch digital videos

  • So fear not Ross they are converted without themselves in the know.

  • John – for some reason, your pessimistic rant has made me smile and laugh. I will go through with it, all right, and if I get mugged it will be okay, so long as I survive it with my health reasonably intact. It will be another experience to write about – since I probably won’t have any photographs to document it visually.

    Thank you, Panos.

    Sidney – those are interesting convergences. If you ever meet Chie, she will love to chat with you in English, Japanese, Portugese, Spanish and even a bit in Iñupiaq… and you will love her instantly, as does everyone, male or female, who meets her.

    I knew she was in North Carolina – but she has been hopping all over the world and my failing mind just dropped into the wrong notch for a moment.

  • Thodoris; “the only way to take a picture for the first 60 years was in B&W”

    That’s sort of what I was getting at. :-) Cheers

  • does someone know when the orders will be shipped? :))

  • “Shipping will commence on September 15.”

    ow… excuse me!

  • Geez, after seeing how much shipping charges are I’m happy I just went to Perpignan, right David? ;)

    I got my signed copy the same night it was released, and I tell you: it is a BEAUTIFUL piece of art. Well done DAH, Anton and especially Diego.

  • okay, my next question is how long will it take to ship from Italy to Bulgaria? I desperately want it on Saturday!! :)))

  • denislav, you will receive it before saturday. For Rest of the World the shipping here has started a little before… just because the book has been printed here and shipped from here.
    timing for rest of the world is this (with exceptions):
    from the order to the shipping 2-3 days plus 2 days of shipping (Europe) and 2-4 Rest of the World.
    Once the book is shipped you receive an email with tracking number and you can always check.

  • oh great idea…different photos from BURN.02 book ..sweet!

  • STEFANIE! :)))

    GORGEOUS portrait!….love the relationship between these 2…like an Aesop Fable….can’t wait to see the essay…

    3 days ’til payday and then BURN02 shall be mine! :)))))

  • diego, thank you very much!!! have a nice evening!

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