People fascinate me. I observe special qualities in individuals as they go about their lives and I recognize beauty in ordinary situations. My talent as a photographer gives others the opportunity to see through my eyes, a window into my way of thinking.
Exposure to different cultures and environments in which people live in the over fifty countries to which I’ve travelled, has stimulated me to make a study of individuals’ faces. Through my perspective, I illustrate the human condition through my camera’s lens.
Biography for Valerie C. Burton
Educated in photography in Toronto, Canada, Valerie received the first Master of Fine Arts degree with a major in photography ever granted in Ontario.
She has been a fine art and commercial photographer since that time, working in Canada and in France. Directing a gallery of photographic art, The Burton Gallery in Toronto, she curated one of the first spaces in Canada dedicated solely to contemporary photography.
She was an instructor of still photography at Ryerson Polytechnical University and Humber College in Toronto as well as at Tufts University in France and Parsons School of Design, Paris.
In 1995, Valerie wrote and illustrated an instructional book of photography for children, that was a best seller in Canada and was also used as a text for adult students.
She has exhibited widely, in Canada and internationally, and her work is featured in many public and private art collections.