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(Documentary, United States, 84 min)
Though Burk Uzzle’s contributions to the mediums of art photography and photojournalism over a 60+ year career are innumerable, this film finds its center in his contemporary portraiture work with African Americans in Eastern North Carolina. F/11 and Be There is a journey alongside one of America’s greatest visual poets as he makes museums exhibitions with a local community, travels America’s backroads in search of hidden treasures of Americana, and using his vast archive as a guide, confronts race, inequality, and injustice through the many parallels of the 20th and 21st centuries. As an artist at the age of 80, Burk Uzzle shows no signs of slowing in his fervor and adoration for the medium that has been the impetus for his entire life. As vibrant and whimsical as many of his photographs are, so too are his musings about the philosophies of art and living.
Burk Uzzle’s singular vision and dedication to the medium of photography led him from a small, homebuilt darkroom on his father’s porch, into the company and guidance of the 20th centuries most important photographers. Henri Cartier-Bresson, Cornell Capa, Rene Burri, and Elliot Erwitt were among his colleagues at Magnum. “F/11 and Be There” was a photographer’s mantra Burk picked up during this time. Long before he joined Magnum, Burk’s prowess with a camera was evident when in 1962, he became the youngest photographer hired by Life Magazine at the age of 23. His photograph of the couple embracing at Woodstock would go on to become the cover of the Woodstock album. His iconic photographs of Martin Luther King Jr., the civil rights movement, Cambodia, Vietnam, the American South, segregation, southern poverty, contemporary portraiture and landscapes, and so many others have made Burk a touchstone in the history of photography and photojournalism.
RATING: Intended for Teen Audiences or older (for some adult language and themes).
Director: Jethro Waters
Jethro Waters is a Writer, Director, Producer and Cinematographer.
Jethro’s work as a filmmaker has often been published in The New York Times, The Guardian, Rolling Stone, Pitchfork, NPR, Billboard, among many other publications.
Jethro’s short film, “Remains,” is part of a Civil Rights photography exhibition curated by William Ferris, exhibiting in The Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington D.C., as well as museums in Montpellier, France, and Johannesburg, South Africa through 2018 and 2019.
He has made a wide range of films with teams from various professions ― publishing, art, academia, cinema, music and commercial; music documentaries and music videos with Angel Olsen, Natalie Prass, Eric Slick, Matthew E. White, River Whyless and a host of other musicians and artists.