Burkhardt has been doing fine art photography for the past 25 years and opened the gallery a decade ago. He began with landscapes and seascapes, but was drawn to figurative work.
“I began shooting people about 10 years ago after working for a small modeling agency. The same agency suggested I have a show in my gallery featuring the photos I shot for them. Body & Soul began as a result. Initially, I photographed all sorts of people – I still do. However my work with African-American men seemed to resonate. As a result more men of color approached me about photographing them.”
Burkhardt says there are few art shows in Atlanta that focus on images of African- American men in fine art photography and attributes that in part to the annual event’s popularity.
Speaking of his creative process he says, “When working with someone, I enjoy capturing their spirit. Nothing is more satisfying than having a subject relax and feel comfortable with me. I focus on details, the light and the composition.”
The show opens March 16 from 7 to 10 p.m. at pb&j gallery located in Kirkwood at 35 Howard St. SE., Atlanta 30317. The show is free and street parking is also available. The gallery is open Thursday- Saturday, 12-5 p.m. during exhibitions.
For more information, visit pb&jart.com.
Franklin Abbott is an Atlanta psychotherapist and writer.