In honour of the International Photography Hall of Fame and Museum’s (IPHF) 50th anniversary, the IPHF announced the 2016 class of Photography Hall of Fame inductees – including the documentary filmmaker, Ken Burns – on World Photo Day, Aug. 19.
Most well-known for his work with PBS, Ken Burns has been making documentary films for more than 35 years. Among the many important, compelling and acclaimed films he’s produced and directed are The Civil War, Jazz, The National Parks: America’s Best Idea, Baseball, The War, Prohibition, The Dust Bowl, and, most recently, Jackie Robinson.
Over the years, Burns has been recognised by film, television critics and historians alike. Real Screen Magazine listed The Civil War as one of the “most influential documentaries of all time,” and the late historian Stephen Ambrose said of his films, “More Americans get their history from Ken Burns than any other source.”
From an artistic standpoint, Burns’ films are in a league of their own, incorporating a distinct style of using archival photographs, panning across and zooming in on them to create a sense of motion that engages viewers.
The style has been so popular and respected, it has changed the way many documentary filmmakers approach their projects. It even prompted Apple, Inc. to add “The Ken Burns Effect” in their iMovie and Final Cut Pro programs, so users could achieve the same results Burns uses in his documentaries.
Burns’ films have won thirteen Emmy awards and two Oscar nominations, among many other awards. In September of 2008, at the News & Documentary Emmy awards, he was honoured by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences with a Lifetime Achievement Award. This year’s induction into the International Photography Hall of Fame is just one more accomplishment to add to his lifetime of awards and recognition.
His next project, scheduled for broadcast on PBS September 20, 2016, is Defying the Nazis: The Sharps’ War. The documentary tells the story of a couple from Massachusetts, who left their children to help save hundreds of Jewish refugees fleeing the Nazi occupation across Europe during World War II.
The IPHF is the only organisation worldwide that recognises and honours those who have had a significant impact on the evolution of photography. To learn more about this year’s inductees, visit iphf.org.
Don’t forget! We’ll be spotlighting each new inductee on our blog, so be sure to check back in the coming weeks!