Susan Burnstine is an award-winning professional fine art and commercial photographer who builds homemade cameras and lenses using plastic, vintage camera parts, and random household objects. Susan is represented in galleries across the globe and widely published throughout the world. She frequently curates and serves on juries for exhibitions and has written for several photography magazines, including a monthly column for Black & White Photography (UK).
Burnstine is one of the few photographers today avidly pursuing alternative processes as she creates an idiosyncratic and deeply personal visual landscape drawn from her dreams and night-terrors. She captures these dream-like visions entirely in- camera, rather than with post-processing digital manipulations. To achieve this, Burnstine has created twenty-three handmade film cameras and lenses. The cameras are primarily made out of plastic, vintage camera parts, and random household objects. The single-element lenses are molded from plastic and rubber. These unique creations are frequently unpredictable and technically challenging. Learning to master their possibilities and overcome their extensive optical limitations has required Burnstine to rely on instinct and intuition—the same tools that are key when attempting to interpret dreams.
Burnstine has had over 25 solo exhibits internationally. Her work is held in numerous museum and private collections, including: The Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego, Ca, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas, The University of Maine Museum of Art, Bangor, Maine, The University of Texas Jerry
and Mariyn Comer Collection, Dallas, Texas, The Candela Collection, Richmond, Virginia, Res Med, San Diego, CA, The Capital Group, Los Angeles, Unire Real Estate Group, Brea, CA, The Dalad Group, Independence, Ohio and Elgea Inc,Montreal, Canada.
Burnstine is represented by Catherine Couturier Gallery in Houston, Texas, Obscura Gallery in Santa Fe, New Mexico, Corden/Potts Gallery in San Francisco, Berlanga Gallery in Chicago and Galerie Hiltawski in Berlin.