The Night Photography of Jerry Burchard

Posted in Uncategorized on May 21, 2011 by arttv

Casablanca, 1973.

Times Theatre (mid 60’s.)

Teahouse in Goulimine, 1973.

Washington Square, 1976.

Russian Hill, 1970.

15 minutes in Goulimine, 1973.

Jerry Burchard was born December 1, 1931 and raised in Rochester, Upstate New York. By the age of 16 Jerry was a third generation Kodak worker (the largest employer in the area.)
He joined the Navy (1952-56) and served as a photographer in Europe, shooting mostly car and plane wrecks that involved military equipment.
After the Navy, at the suggestion of Minor White, Jerry attended (and received a BFA in 1960) at the California School of Fine Arts.
Jerry started teaching in 1966, and was chairman of the photo department from 1968 to 1971 at the school what is now called the San Francisco Art Institute.
During the 1950’s Jerry was doing portraits of the San Francisco North Beach artists, after wanting originally to photograph jazz musicians, but finding that most of them had died.

In the 70’s Jerry would teach for a while at SFAI, and then go live for months at a time in exotic places around the world to hang out, to be there, and to take photos.
Casablanca, Goulimine, Madrid, Ping Yuen, Bangkok, Burma, and other locations were all well suited for Jerry’s night walks with his camera, capturing the ambiance, the feel of being there. His favorite place becoming Bangkok, Thailand.

One time Jerry told me that he found a rock by some bushes to set up the camera, opened the shudder and went to have a drink. Jerry came back, took a look at the scene, and decided that it was a two drink exposure, so went back to have that second drink. ‘It’s whatever feels right’ he use to tell me.

Randy Magnus


Jerry Burchard Color Photographs

Posted in Uncategorized on May 20, 2011 by arttv

Temple of the Emerald Buddha, 1986.

Dancing Trees, Ko Samet, 1986.

Threading the Palms.

Bangkok City Limits, late 80’s.

Bangkok McDonalds Opening, 1985.

Chiang Rai, Thailand, 1977.

Old Teak House, Bangkok, 1992.

40 minutes in Ko Samet, Thailand.

Sheer exhaustion after five days and nights in Pagan, 1981.

The color photographs by Jerry Burchard of Thailand and elsewhere, mostly time exposures taken at night. And a self-portrait.
“I’ve never met a place I didn’t like in Thailand – all the people, the thrills, the events. The feel of a place.”
Jerry Burchard

Jerry Burchard – Photographer

Posted in Uncategorized on May 19, 2011 by arttv


Conversation with Night Photographer Jerry Burchard by Randy Magnus .

San Francisco night photographer Jerry Burchard discusses his work and living in Southeast Asia.

video by Randy Magnus

More Temples

Posted in Uncategorized on May 18, 2011 by arttv

Ceremonial Temple for Cremation Rites, Bangkok, 1986.

Photographs of Jerry

Posted in Uncategorized on May 17, 2011 by arttv


Jerry Burchard with Namo Kruwatsuthat (Michael Khan) from Bangkok, Thailand. Shot in North Beach of San Francisco. Photo by Michael.

Photo of Jerry Burchard with his friend and computer tech Barrett Horne in North Beach, San Francisco, CA. (2009) photo by Randy Magnus.

Share your Jerry Burchard Story:

Posted in Uncategorized on May 17, 2011 by arttv

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More Black and White Work by Jerry Burchard

Posted in Uncategorized on May 16, 2011 by arttv

San Francisco, 1972.

Madrid, 1972.

Twenty minutes in Bangkok, 1977.

5 minutes in Casablanca, 1973.

Times Theater, S.F. 1968

5 Minutes in Agidir, 1973.

“My camera is my friend. We go for walks together, sometimes late at night. Sometimes we meet people or landscapes and we make love to them. Sometimes the camera gets more than I do. Sometimes the other way. In any case, the camera, a wizened 1957 SP Nikon, sees what I don’t, what I can’t, what I’d like to. That’s why we’re friends.”
Jerry Burchard