About US-American Magnum photographer Burt GLINN (1925-2008)
Burton Samuel GLINN, a Pittsburgh native, studied literature at Harvard University, where he edited and photographed for the college newspaper Harvard Crimson. He served in the US Army and worked for Life magazine from 1949 to 1950. In 1951 he became an associate member of Magnum Photos along with Eve ARNOLD and Dennis STOCK - the first Americans to join the agency - and became a full member in 1954. He became famous for his color pictures of the South Seas, Japan, Russia, Mexico, and California. In 1959 he was covering the revolution in Cuba, the same year he received the Mathew Brady Award for Magazine Photographer of the Year for a photo essay on the South Seas. From 1972 to 1975 (and re-elected in 1987) he was president of Magnum and also served as president of the American Society of Media Photographers. His images have been published in Esquire, Fortune, Geo, Life, Travel and Leisure, and Paris-Match.
Burt GLINN died on April 9, 2008, in Southampton, New York, aged 82.
Photo books by as well about the work of Burt GLINN
- 'The Dark Eye in Africa' (1955, with Laurens VAN DER POST); 'Erlebnis Russland / A Portrait of All the Russias' (1967, with Laurens VAN DER POST); 'A Portrait of Japan (1968, with Laurens VAN DER POST); 'Havana: The Revolutionary Moment' (2002); 'Kuba 1959' (2015, 2016); 'The Beat Scene' (2018); 'Half a Century as a Magnum Photographer' (2023);
- 1999: 'Fifty Years Behind a Camera', Sag Harbor Picture Gallery, Sag Harbor, New York;
2000: 'Reflections: Photos of Water', Sag Harbor Picture Gallery, Sag Harbor, New York;
2002: 'Havana: The Revolutionary Moment', Americas Society, New York;
2005: 'Havana: The Revolutionary Moment', George Eastman House, Rochester, New York;
2015: 'Cuba 1959', Serena Morton Gallery II, London;
2021/22: 'Ski Runs & Champagne Dreams' (together with works by Werner BISCHOF, René BURRI, Thomas HOEPKER, Martin PARR, Paolo PELLEGRIN as well as by Alex MAJOLI), Design Gallery, St.Moritz;
2023: 'The Jump' (together with works by ABBAS, Eve ARNOLD, Ellen AUERBACH, Bruno BARBEY, Thomas DWORZAK, Nikos ECONOMOPOULOS, Elliott ERWITT, René FOSSHAG, Leonard FREED, Jean GAUMY, Max GERLACH, Philippe HALSMAN, Thomas HOEPKER, David HURN, Katharina JOHN, Gundel KILIANn, Hannes Kilian, Robert Lebeck, Martin MUNKÁCSI, Marc RIBOUD, Gerhard Riebicke, Hans ROBERTSON, Charlotte RUDOLPH, Ferdinando SCIANNA, Friedrich SEIDENSTÜCKER, Liselotte STRELOW as well as by Donata WENDERS), Fotografie Forum der StädteRegion Aachen, Monschau