Ellis Island, 1956

Shirley C. Burden


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Shirley Burden's haunting black-and-white print Ellis Island is accompanied by a signed, limited-edition volume of his out-of-print masterwork, Presence. Shirley C. Burden (born in New York City, 1908; died in Los Angeles, 1989), a descendent of Cornelius Vanderbilt, began photographing for the Pathe News in 1926, worked with Merian C. Cooper in Hollywood, and opened his own photography studio in Beverly Hils after World War II, specializing in still shots for advertising and architectural firms. From there, he expanded into publishing photo essays concerning various topics including "God Is My Life", a photo essay about the Trappist monks at the Abbey of Our Lady of Gethsemani in Tennessee, and "I Wonder Why", which depicted incidents in a young black girl's life, particularly her dealings with racial prejudice.

Gelatin silver print

Print Paper Size: 20 x 16 inches
Print Image Size: 12 x 9 inches
Edition of 100 and no artist\’s proofs
Signed by artist