© Beth Burstein

About

I was introduced to what was to become my life's passion at the age of thirteen. That summer my father, knowing I was intimidated by his 35mm camera and its many buttons and dials, gave me a quick lesson in exposure, handed me a roll of Tri-X film, and told me to "take a walk" around the lake of our summer home.  During that walk I discovered what it was like to see the world through the lens of a camera, and how to use it to tell stories, instilling in me a passion and purpose I have had ever since.

I grew up in the greater New York City area where my artistic sensibility was shaped by frequent visits to the city's renowned museums and galleries. The exhibition settings felt like sacred spaces to me and, as an astute observer and blossoming image maker, I saw in the work of others what was possible for myself.

From 1978 to 1982 I studied photography at Hampshire College, a school known for its emphasis on documentary.  There, I was introduced to a world of observing, questioning, and listening, and then documenting what I saw with my camera. A coveted summer position as the Park Photographer at Grand Canyon National Park during my sophomore year sparked a lifelong interest in creating imagery of the natural world.

I now live in Montclair, New Jersey where I am again close to New York City.  I regularly photograph botanicals, landscapes, pets and rescue animals, as well as continued work on my special projects.  My most recent project, "The Legacy: A Daughter's Experience of the Holocaust", is a book of both my writing and photography that explores my role as the daughter of a Holocaust survivor and the experiences of loss, memory, and discovery that accompany it.

Select Samples of Recent Works & Awards:

-Winner of the Julia Margaret Cameron Photography Award in the "Self Portraiture" category and Runner-Up in the "Documentary & Editorial" category

-Exhibitor in the Berlin Photo Biennial

-Published "The Legacy: A Daughter's Experience of the Holocaust"

-Keynote Speaker at the Annual "Generations Gathering" at CHHANGE (Center for Holocaust, Human Rights, and Genocide Education), Lincroft, NJ

-Co-Creator of "Lights, Camera, Adoption!" a live & archived webinar for Petsmart Charities

-Photographer for Antler Ridge Wildlife Sanctuary, Newton, NJ