Robert Burns - Photographer with a specialist interest in black and white printing.

Friends House in the village for rescued Kiev street children
Going to School - Piski, Ukraine
The night train to Crimea
Ivan Didor, sculptor in his studio at No.18 Andrivsky Uzviz
Sasha Glyadylov Ukrainian Photojournalist


Robert Burns

Born Glasgow 1944. GSA 1962-66. I was painting like De Stael and only post impressionism was acceptable at GSA so I decided to study ceramics where I would have the freedom to paint as I wished. This was when I became serious abut photography. After a spell in advertising I became an art teacher but continued with personal work in photography. I documented the Scottish International Piano Competition in1992 and also documented the Glasgow International Jazz Festival throughout the 90's. I always made portraits of artists, writers and friends which I still do. In the 90's I was asked by many photographers to print their work including aerial photographer Pat MacDonald, Alexander Reilly, David Eustace and Fabrizio Gianni. I was then printing for many international clients and magazines in Japan, Italy, Germany and France. Regularly for Italian Elle and Madam Figaro in Paris. In the past ten years I have been printing the archive of Margaret Watkins 1884-1969 and the archive of David Peat 1947-2012.

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Recent Exhibitions

Jazz exhibitions in Glasgow Exhibited in Poland, Spain, France and USA.
Many prints made for other Scottish photographers in the collection of the Scottish Natuional Prtrait gallery/ The Navigator foundation of Boston. Private Collections in UK, Paris,Tokyo, New York and Nigeria.

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I am a photographer. I do not consider myself an artist. History will make that decision. Henri Cartier Bresson said that photography was the only medium which could capture a moment and I think that is what has fascinated me about photography since i made my first silver gelatin print with my father in the bathroom of my parents flat 59 years ago.

A chance meeting with a Ukrainian family in Crete in 2006 led me to visit Ukraine firstly in January 2007, a mild winter of only -10C. I have visited Ukraine on six occasions and until 2011 I only used Leica film cameras.

I now also use Fuji X cameras. In April 2015 , while I was back in Kiev Joe Mullholland exhibited his selection of my Ukrainian archive which he entitled "A Window on Ukraine" and produced an excellent brochure. I have made many friends in Ukraine and the archive is a major ongoing project. I always know that I can turn up at the Kupidon bar on Pushkinska Street and be greeted by friends.

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