Burk Uzzle was born in 1938 in Raleigh, North Carolina, and began his career at age 17 as a staff photographer for the News & Observer in Raleigh (1955-56). He then went on to work as a contract photographer for Black Star Agency (1957-62) and at age 23, was the youngest contract photographer hired by LIFE magazine (1962-1968). He became a member of Magnum Photos in 1967 and eventually served as president of Magnum Photos for two terms (1979 & 1980). Now an independent photographer based in Wilson, North Carolina, Uzzle spends several months of each year traveling and photographing throughout the United States. Uzzle is known for his photographic coverage of the civil rights movement, as well as for capturing everyday aspects of American life and culture, including his iconic images of Woodstock, one of which graces the cover of the Woodstock album.
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