Susan Burnstine is an award winning fine art and commercial photographer originally from Chicago now based in Los Angeles. Susan is represented in galleries across the world, widely published throughout the globe and has also written for several photography magazines, including a monthly column for Black & White Photography (UK).

Susan's first monograph, Within Shadows, was published by CHARTA EDITIONS. A limited amount of signed copies and print and book sets are available for sale in the books section at this site. Within Shadows earned the Gold award for PX3 Prix De La Photographie Paris in the Professional Fine Art Books category and a Bronze overall and was selected for the 2011 Photo Eye Booklist. Reviews for the book are also posted in the books section at this site.

Susan's second monograph, Absence of Being, was released in September 2016 by Damiani Editore and earned Best In Show at The 2017 International PhotoBook Awards. Signed copies are available for sale in the BOOKS section at this site.

To view some of Susan's magazine features and documentaries please visit the PRESS section.

For a complete list of exhibitions and awards please visit the EXHIBITIONS AND PUBLICATIONS section.

To view a list of Susan's represented GALLERIES.


Susan Burnstine is one of the few photographers today avidly pursuing alternative processes to create an idiosyncratic and deeply personal visual landscape. Initially, Burnstine sought to find a way to portray her dream-like visions entirely in-camera, rather than with post-processing digital manipulations. To achieve this, she has created twenty-one handmade film cameras and lenses that are frequently unpredictable and technically challenging. The cameras are primarily made out of plastic, vintage camera parts, and random household objects, with single-element lenses molded from plastic and rubber. Learning to overcome their extensive optical limitations required Burnstine to rely on instinct and intuition--the same tools that are key when attempting to interpret dreams.