The Burn: Jane Fulton Alt

Burn No. 26 from series 'The Burn' © Jane Fulton Alt Photography

Burn No. 81 from series 'The Burn' © Jane Fulton Alt Photography

Burn No. 49 from series 'The Burn' © Jane Fulton Alt Photography

Burn No. 50 from series 'The Burn' © Jane Fulton Alt Photography

Photographer Jane Fulton Alt has exhibited extensively both nationally and internationally. Her work can be found in the permanent collections of the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, New Orleans Museum of Art, Smithsonian Museum of American History, Southwest Museum of Photography, Beinecke Library at Yale University, Centro Fotografico Alvarez Bravo in Oaxaca, Mexico, and the De Paul University Art Museum.

Alt is the recipient of numerous awards including the 2007 Illinois Arts Council Fellowship Award, the 2007-2009, 2011 Ragdale Foundation Fellowships and the winner of the 2007, 2009 and 2011 Photolucida’s Critical Mass competition. She has authored a book, Look and Leave: Photographs and Stories of New Orleans’s Lower Ninth Ward and her Crude Awakening portfolio has been published by multiple leading newspapers and magazines worldwide. Most recently she received the Photo District News 2011 Curators Choice award.

Burn No. 99 from series 'The Burn' © Jane Fulton Alt Photography

Burn No. 55 from series 'The Burn' © Jane Fulton Alt Photography

Burn No. 23 from series 'The Burn' © Jane Fulton Alt Photography

Burn No. 74 from series 'The Burn' © Jane Fulton Alt Photography

 ‘The Burn

”While observing controlled prairie burns, I was drawn to the ephemeral quality of the moment when life and death are not contradictory but are perceived as a single process to be embraced as a whole.

The beginning of this project coincided with my sister’s diagnosis and treatment of ovarian cancer, more than four years ago. The parallels between the burn and chemotherapy were immediately revealed to me. Just as the burning reduces invasive vegetation that crowds out native plants, chemotherapy destroys unwanted growth, allowing for new healthy cells to establish themselves. These images were created and inspired with this deeper awareness and understanding of the life cycle.”

To contact Jane or to view more of her work, visit her website here.

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