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Man in the Woods
A detailed look at a remarkable artist who died in 1999 at age 85.
Aspects of Burckhardt's work in photography, film, and painting are examined in interviews with Rudy Burckhardt, painter Yvonne Jacquette, and curators Robert Storr (former Senior Curator of Painting and Sculpture, Museum of Modern Art, New York) and Brian Wallis (Chief Curator, International Center of Photography, New York).
In his studio in New York, Burckhardt discusses his photography and its significance within its historical framework. In the woods near his summer home in Maine, the viewer sees Burckhardt's easel and painting in front of the scene he is depicting.
Whether in city or country, Burckhardt appreciated and transformed the chaos he discovered.
The Climate of New York
In 1935, Rudy Burckhardt moved to New York from Basel, Switzerland, with Edwin Denby, who went on to become one of the foremost American dance critics.
This film is a collaboration between these two artists: Burckhardt's photos are displayed onscreen as Denby reads his sonnets.