Iam Burn is a photographer based in the North-East of England.
His multidisciplinary practice demonstrates a responsibility to the social and political capacity of photography – utilising his own traumas, experiences and curiosities to evoke a wider public discussion. Using photography as therapy is a significant and influential element with Burn’s work.
His bodies of work Only I am I and behind grey walls, along with his current work In contrast…, demonstrate this approach. Using photography, multimedia and archival imagery, Burn has focused on different aspects of mental health. He uses his personal connections to the subject matter to develop work which creates an emotional response but also prompts discussion and encourages greater understanding of mental health issues.
His recent project The Lion and the EUnicorn continues to show his appreciation for archival imagery and embracing the written word as part of his photographic practice. Tackling the issue of Brexit, Burn chose a challenging topic in which to respond photographically. His understanding of the situation, both politically and socially, mixed with in-depth research, allowed Burn to create a publication which took a neutral stance. This allowed the reader to draw their own conclusion regarding his opinion. In doing so, the reader demonstrated their own views on the subject subconsciously.
He is currently studying an MA in Photography at the University of Sunderland. He achieved a First Class degree when completing his BA (Hons) in Photography, Video and Digital Imaging at the same institution.