Burk Uzel (1938- )A self taught American news photographer from North Carolina, Uzzle worked for the Black Star news agency and Life in the 1960s and 1970s. His increasingly recognized genius as an observer of American life began to give him independence, and in 1975 he received a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. Moving beyond Robert Frank, Uzzle observes ordinary people in innocent but quirky juxtaposition with each other and their surroundings. The resulting black and white images are often witty. In other work, reminiscent of Abstract Expressionist painting, shapes and patterns emerge in wondrous balance with actual people and places being photographed.