“I have a strong desire not only to take pictures, but to share the experiences of my subjects, and hopefully, to give something back to them through the act of recording their lives.”
I began photographing for my school newspaper in the 9th grade. Making photo-documentaries has been my passion for 21 years. In 1995 I received my MFA in photography from The Hartford Art School. It is my belief that I can make a difference in the lives of people who need it most with my camera.
Inspired by roadblocks I found in my own education I pursued teaching with great enthusiasm and have created photography and self-empowering workshops and retreats for youth and adults in Florida, Kentucky, North Carolina and Massachusetts.
Through grants, commissions and self-funding I have dealt with the issues of inclusion, health care, cancer survivors, welfare, the environment, immigration and aging. For four years I was a staff photographer for The Bristol Press, Bristol, CT. For 18 years I have been teaching at the university level ( including University of South Florida, Eckerd College) and at The Morean Arts Center.
I started my own publishing company in 1998, The Photo-Documentary Press, inc. to photograph issues with social relevance and publish my work in fine art coffee table books.
My first book was Sisters of Courage: Survivors of Breast and Cervical Cancer (1999). My second title is Captain, He Bought Eggs: Stories from a Firefighter (2001) and my third publication is Faces of Lung Cancer in conjunction with the Moffitt Cancer Center, Tampa, Florida.
Currently I teach through Greenfield Community College in the Continuing Education Department, freelance for The Recorder newspaper, and travel the US on assignments as well as run base camp photo full-time.
Photography has been a constant in my life for more than 15 years. What I love is the power to stir emotion and add value to people’s lives. An avid outdoorsman, Burden was the director of operations for the Hallmark Institute of Photography for eight years before beginning a new career in the renewable energy field as a planner and specifier in the Western Massachussetts area working for a local oil company to bring them into compliance with state and federal standards. He shares his life with Beth, 3 dogs and 2 motorcycles. A camera is always close to capture life as it happens.