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FotoFest 2016 Biennial

FotoFest 2016 Biennial

Meeting Place Reviewers

Burt Finger

Gallery Director and Co-Owner
Photographs Do Not Bend Gallery (PDNB Gallery), Dallas, TX, USA
Burt Finger is the Gallery Director and Co-Owner of Photographs Do Not Bend Gallery (PDNB Gallery) in Dallas, Texas. He and his wife, Missy, opened this gallery in 1995. Before 1995 Burt was a private dealer in photography and antique watches. Prior to this, Mr. Finger has had many interests and careers. He was stationed for a year in Vietnam (1969) as an Officer in the Corps of Engineers. During his time in Vietnam he met and worked with the famous photojournalist, Larry Burrows, who influenced his future in photography. When Mr. Finger returned to Dallas after his tour–of-duty, he pursued photojournalism. While he was a photographer in the 1970’s he studied art and exhibited in various galleries in Texas including the Contemporary Art Museum in Houston. He is included in the MFAH permanent collection. Burt also taught photography at North Texas State University (currently Univ. of North Texas). He and his wife began collecting photography in the 1990’s.

Mr. Finger’s current position as Gallery Director involves curatorial duties, appraisals, and corporate, museum and private sales. He has created over 150 exhibitions including the milestone shows, “SHINE”, featuring antique shoeshine boxes, and vintage shoeshine-themed photographs; “Pictures of Me”; and “Texas Bauhaus”. He also organizes exhibitions outside the gallery for non-profit galleries. In recent years he has appeared as a photography appraiser on the acclaimed PBS program, Antiques Roadshow. Burt would like to see work that catapult’s the medium to the next dimension.


Session Two
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