'The camera sees more than I can, so I give it plenty of rope and watch what happens...'


Jerry & The North Beach Gang

Jerry Burchard with Ingeborg, Ira, Joel, and Gary Stewart on the left. The photo was taken at the old Cafe Roma on Columbus, Jerry's favorite place at that moment.
Taken by Jyo Koshida in the mid '70s.


Jerry Burchard's Photo Influences

Andre Kertesz in his home in New York City. Jerry spent a couple afternoons with Kertesz, listening to Andre comment on his photographs. (photo by Jerry Burchard.)

Other influences in Jerry Burchard's work included English photographer Bill Brandt along with his college instructors FSA photographers John Collier Jr. and Dorothea Lange. You can see Jerry's portraits of the people that inspired him by clicking here.


Beat By The Bay - SF Artists from the 50's

Wally Hedrick, Courtesy Jerry Burchard Estate, c. 1957

Beat by the Bay:
SF Artists & Galleries of the Fifties
Curated by John Held, Jr.

Less publicized then the Beat poet and writers (Ginsberg, Kerouac, Burroughs, McClure, et al), the visual artists of the time assumed an important role in promoting an alternative vision of society influencing successive generations. The Ever Gold exhibition reintroduces their work to a contemporary audience, who can find much to admire in the lifestyles of struggling Beat artists and the gallery structures they erected for mutual encouragement.

Ever Gold Gallery
441 O’Farrell St.
San Francisco, Ca 94102
December 8th, 2011 – January 6th, 2012
Opening Reception: December 8th from 6-10 pm.

Jerry Burchard will have 8 portraits which were taken in the 50's as part of the exhibit. Some of them can be seen by clicking here.


Jerry Burchard

December 1, 1931 - May 17, 2011

Night photographer, instructor,
man of the world -
Jerry Burchard.

Like a stream of light in his photographs,
he was passing thru...... enjoying life.

...A North Beach kind of guy, who
loved Southeast Asia.
Shine on......

written by Randy Magnus

(photo of Jerry in the leather jacket is by
Ingeborg Gerdes taken with a
half-frame camera at the Palace Theatre's
midnight movies scene in the 1970's.)