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Artist Profile Series: Zachary Burns

Megan Gallagher

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Zachary Burns, Four Loco behind the Armory, 2016

Zachary Burns is an experimental photographer whose work has appeared in exhibitions at Photographic Center Northwest, Gallery 110, Auburn Community Center, and beyond. He first discovered alternative photographic processes while studying at Bellevue College and continued to use these techniques in his work because he was drawn to their tactile quality.

In 2016, Zachary received a GAP award to support the creation of Candid, a collection of images taken from the perspective of cans found throughout the Seattle area. Zachary developed the images using the tintype process, which allowed the cans to serve as both the film and the camera for the photographs, and says he created the project as a way to incorporate the environment into his photography.

When asked how the award impacted his career as an artist, Zachary says the award came at the perfect time. “I had recently been rejected from grad school and had made my project Candid into a small, but reasonable complete project,” he explains. “Receiving the grant helped provide validation for me as an artist and forced me to expand my project well beyond the modest level I would have done on my own.”

In July 2017, a solo exhibition for Candid was held at the Auburn Community Center and Zachary says he will be working with them again in the future. He is also currently working with a group of photographers on a project called Seattle: frame by frame. Each month, the group selects a different area of Seattle to photograph and develop their own projects around. For his project, Zachary says he’s focusing on finding ways to represent changes in the area, both through comparing historical images to the current neighborhood and documenting buildings that are set to be demolished. To learn more about Candid and Zachary’s current projects, check out his website.

Megan Gallagher is a writer from Redmond, Washington. She’s obsessed with libraries, art and radio, and aspires toward a future career in nonprofit communications and/or arts administration.