Rudy Burckhardt, ‘A Walk through Astoria and Other Places in Queens’, 1943, Bruce Silverstein Gallery

MoMA QNS, New York. Walk through Astoria and Other Places in Queens: Photographs by Rudy
Burckhardt. June 29-November 4, 2002.

Henderson, Andrea. Picturing New York: the art of Yvonne Jacquette and Rudy Burckhardt / Andrea
Henderson Fahnestock, Vincent Katz; introduction by Bill Berkson. [New York, N.Y.] : Museum of the
City of New York; Piermont, N.H.: Bunker Hill Pub., c2008.
Burckhardt, Rudy. Rudy Burckhardt -- New York moments: photographs and films / essays by Anita
Haldemann and Hannes Schü pbach. Basel : Scheidegger & Spiess, 2005.
Lopate, Phillip, 1943-. Rudy Burckhardt / by Phillip Lopate ; with an essay by Vincent Katz.
New York : Harry N. Abrams, 2004.
Burckhardt, Rudy. An afternoon in Astoria / by Rudolph Burckhardt. New York : Museum of Modern
Art, 2002.
Burckhardt, Rudy. Rudy Burckhardt : IVAM Centre Julio González, 8 julio-20 septiembre 1998. Valencia
: IVAM Centre Julio González, 1998.
Burckhardt, Rudy. Talking pictures / by Rudy Burckhardt [photographs] & Simon Pettet [text].
Cambridge, MA : Zoland Books, 1994.
Burckhardt, Rudy. Conversations with Rudy Burckhardt about everything / Simon Pettet. New York, NY:
Vehicle Editions : Distributed by the Talman Co., c1987.
Burckhardt, Rudy. Mobile homes / by Rudy Burckhardt; edited by Kenward Elmslie ; [cover drawing by
Red Grooms]. Calais, Vt. : Z Press, 1979.

The photographer; gift of the photographer to the present owner, 1986.

About Rudy Burckhardt

Photographer, filmmaker, and painter Rudy Burckhardt is best remembered for casual, intimate portraits of his coterie of friends—the New York Abstract Expressionists (including Willem de Kooning, Mark Rothko, Hans Hofmann)—as they emerged on the scene. He captured them at work in their studios, as in Jackson Pollock (1950). Other memorable New York photographs depicted landmarks (Flatiron Building in Summer, 1947), storefronts, and a series of sidewalk scenes zeroing in on pedestrians from the waist down. His use of perspective lends his compositions a formal quality, yet, as Philip Lopate noted in his monograph on Burckhardt, the work comes across as “lighter in every sense: more playful and tender, less melodramatic, more true to the spirit of the everyday.” This proves equally true of Burckhardt’s images of children shot while traveling in Europe, the Caribbean, and North Africa, as well in New York.

Swiss-American, 1914-1999, Basel, Switzerland, based in New York & Searsmont

About Edwin Denby

American, 1903-1983, Tianjin, China, based in New York, NY, United States