Stanley B. Burns, MD, FACS, a New York City ophthalmologist and Clinical Professor of Medicine and Psychiatry, New York University: Langone Medical Center, is an internationally distinguished author, curator, historian, collector, and archivist. Dr. Burns's collection of over one million vintage photographs (1840-1950) has been generally recognized as the most important private comprehensive collection of early photography. He has authored 43 photo-historical texts and over 1000 articles and served as editor of several medical journals. Over the past 40 years, he has consulted and contributed to hundreds of feature films, documentaries, television productions and publications. When not collecting, Dr. Burns spends his consulting, lecturing, creating exhibits, and writing books on underappreciated areas of history and photography. Elizabeth A. Burns is the Creative and Operations Director of The Burns Archive and Press. She has curated numerous exhibitions and created several books, including Sleeping Beauty II, Geisha: A Photographic History, 1872-1913 and The Burns Archive Medical Specialty Series. In 2002, under a grant by the United States and Israeli governments, she produced A Dream Deferred, The African-American Experience 1848-1928. Other exhibits she has prepared feature works on hand-painted Japanese photography, early flight, spirit photography, criminology, Lewis Hine and the playground, African-American history, the SS Ben Hecht, and special medical exhibits on respiratory, dermatology and kidney disease. She is currently working as a consultant medical photo-historian on the HBO/Cinemax series The Knick.
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