Burdette was born and educated in North Dakota receiving a BA in Theater Arts from the University of North Dakota. He developed an early interest in photography through his father, an inveterate and prolific family picture taker. That interest was cemented in 1964 when he sold two nature slides to the North Dakota State Travel Department. In college at the University of North Dakota, Burdette did yearbook photography for the Journalism Department, learned processing and darkroom basics doing work-
During more than two decades directing and producing live theater, Burdette incorporated photography—doing publicity and production photography for his own and other theaters. His first formal gallery show was in 1980 at a San Antonio gallery and for thirty years a sculptural piece of his has graced the Sculpture Garden at the San Antonio Museum of Art.
In 1982, he took his act on the road with one-
Since 1990 he has been living in the Adirondacks with the wife he met through the amorous influence of Saranac Lake's Pendragon Theater, and since 2001 has enthusiastically resumed a decades long devotion to photography. However, Ben Franklin’s 300th birthday was too momentous to resist and in 2005 Mr. Parks happily renewed his acquaintance with the good Doctor by writing a new show, Benjamin Franklin, Printer Etc., and slipping comfortably into a freshly imagined, re-
The shift from film to digital photography happened for Burdette in 2001 and he has been diligently working to keep pace with this rapidly advancing technology ever since. Specializing in fine-
While people and theatre remain strong photographic interests, Burdette finds the natural studio of the Adirondacks a beguiling place to explore expanding photographic horizons.
Since 2005, Burdette has been leading digital photography workshops for Great Camp Sagamore (an historic Adirondack Great Camp near Raquette Lake, NY) each spring and fall and occasional digital and Photoshop classes for residents of the Tri-
Great photographs aren't created by equipment, they are distilled through the eye and the heart of a photographer.