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The Dead
Jack Burman

The Dead, Jack Burman

The Dead, Jack BurmanThe Dead
Jack Burman
The Magenta Foundation

Foreword by Martha Hanna
Interview by Robert Enright


Hardcover book in hand-crafted wooden box
128 pages
190 x 275 mm
ISBN 9781926856001



Canadian photographer Jack Burman has created a hypnotic collection of still-lifes of long-departed but painstakingly preserved people, specimens and skeletons — dehumanised but very human; flawed but very beautiful. Exquisitely captured, Burman’s post-mortem documentation addresses not only death, but the lives that came before.

“The photographs are shocking in their intimacy. With clear respect in their representation, Jack Burman works excruciatingly close to their humanity, and to their death.” Taken from the foreword by Martha Hanna, Director of the Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography.

About the Artist
Jack Burman (b.1949) in Hamilton, Ontario, lives and works in Toronto. In 2010, the Magenta Foundation published the first collection from these years of research, The Dead. His photographs have been exhibited numerous times in Canada and abroad, including at the Centre VU in Quebec City (1999), the Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography in Ottawa (2000–2001), the Prairie Art Gallery, in Grande Prairie, Alberta (2004), the Warsaw Palace of Culture (2003), the Gallery TPW in Toronto (2007), and the Clint Roenisch Gallery which represents him in Toronto (2010).

About the Publisher
The Magenta Foundation is a trailblazing charitable arts-publishing house that consistently showcases the work of talented artists on a global scale, drawing attention to under-represented and emerging artists with powerful exhibitions and a roster of impressive international publications. Our unique arts programs for emerging artists and high school students allows us to foster the future talent in Canada coast to coast. Creating this empowerment allows young people to elevate their abilities for a future in the arts as cultural producers within and beyond their communities. By focusing on the early output of future practitioners, Magenta is committed to cultivating the next generation of artists through producing and exhibiting work that will potentially inform a lifelong practice.

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