Bio

Annette LeMay Burke is a photographic artist and Northern California native who lives in the heart of Silicon Valley. A longtime observer of the evolution of the western landscape, Burke is interested in how our environment changes over time and the artifacts—both tangible and temporal—that are left behind. She examines the progress of technology as a marker of time, how the built world and natural world intersect, and how our memories affect perception of place. Burke received a BA in Geology from the University of California at Berkeley. After a decade long career in high-tech, she is now focused on her artistic practice.

Burke’s monograph, Fauxliage: Disguised Cell Phone Towers of the American West, was published by Daylight Books in the spring of 2021; Ann M. Jastrab, Executive Director of the Center for Photographic Art in Carmel, California, contributed the forward.

In 2021, Burke was awarded first place in the Lenscratch Vernacular Photography Exhibition, won the Imago Lisboa Photography Festival in Portugal, and was a semi-finalist for the Smithsonian Institution’s National Portrait Gallery Outwin Boochever Competition. She was a finalist for Critical Mass in 2017.

Burke’s work is exhibited widely throughout the US and internationally at institutions such as Center for Photographic Art, Colorado Photographic Arts Center, Candela Gallery, Griffin Museum of Photography and Los Angeles Center for Photography.

Her work has been featured in The New York Times, L.A. Times, Hyperallergic, Sierra Club, Newsweek Japan, Elle Decor Italy, Fraction, All About Photo, KATALOG, Snoecks 2022 and the Daily Mail.

Burke is a founding member of Maverick Photographers, a collective of diverse photographers working in the San Francisco Bay Area. She is one of twelve female photographers who created the Memory is a Verb project.

Contact: annette@atelierlemay.com


Curriculum Vitae

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RECOGNITION
2022
  • Semi-finalist - for Snuggies, Remote and Buck - National Portrait Gallery’s Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition, Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC
  • Catalogue Prize – 2021 Passepartout Prize, Rome, Italy
  • Highly Commended - Belfast Photo Festival 2022, Belfast, Northern Ireland
2021
  • Juror’s Award – Portals, A Smith Gallery, Johnson City, Texas
  • Winner – Childhood: Past, Present & Future, L.A. Photo Curator
  • Winner – The Family in Transition, Imago Lisboa Photo Festival 2021, Lisbon, Portugal
  • Director’s Choice – Annual Members’ Show, Colorado Photographic Arts Center, Denver CO
  • 1st Place –Vernacular Photograph Exhibition, Lenscratch, Online
  • 3rd Place – SALON (Photography), Triton Museum, Santa Clara, CA
  • 3rd Place - 16th Julia Margaret Cameron Award for Women Photographers, People Series, Barcelona, Spain
  • 3rd Place - 16th Pollux Award, People Series, Barcelona, Spain
  • Honorable Mention - 16th Julia Margaret Cameron Award for Women Photographers, Open Theme Series, Barcelona, Spain
  • Honorable Mentions - 16th Pollux Award, Open Theme Series & Fine Art Series, Barcelona, Spain
  • Highly Commended - Belfast Photo Festival 2021, Belfast, Northern Ireland
2020
  • Finalist – AOP Awards, Open Category - Series, Association of Photographers, London, UK
  • Bronze Portfolio Winner – 2020 Tokyo International Foto Awards, TIFA, Japan
  • Honorable Mention – 15th Pollux Awards, Non-Professional Open Series, The Worldwide Photography Gala Awards, Barcelona, Spain
  • Jurored Participant - Review Santa Fe 2020, CENTER, Santa Fe, NM *Postponed to 2021 due to COVID-19*
2018
  • Honorable Mention - Landscapes 2018, The Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, CO
2017
  • Finalist - Critical Mass Top 200, Photolucida
  • Jurored Participant - Review Santa Fe 2017, CENTER, Santa Fe, NM
  • Jurored Participant - Our World Portfolio Review, PhotoAlliance, San Francisco, CA

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2022
  • Sanchez Art Center, Pacifica, CA – 14th Annual 50|50 Show (Julie McCray)
  • Griffin Museum of Photography, Winchester, MA – 28th Annual Juried Exhibition Show (Frances Jakubek & Iaritza Menjivar)
  • Atlanta Photography Group, Atlanta, GA – Portfolio 2022 (6 images) (Karen E. Haas)
  • All About Photo, Online – All About Photo Awards 2022 (Ian Berry, Paula Tognarelli, Ann Jastrab, Manfred Baumann, Tom Price, Guiseppe Oliverio, Sandrine Hermand-Grisel)
  • Center for Photographic Art, Carmel, CA – 2022 Members’ Juried Exhibition (Crista Dix)
  • Frederic C Hamilton Fine Art Gallery, Aurora, CO – Luminaries (5 images) (Jasmine Chu)
  • Passepartout Prize, Rome, Italy – 2021 Catalogue Prize
2021
  • SE Center for Photography, Greenville, SC – Contemporary Portrait (Michael Foley)
  • Center for Photographic Art, Carmel, CA – 2021 International Juried Exhibition (Debra Klomp Ching and Darren Ching)
  • Los Angeles Center of Photography, Los Angeles, CA – The Creative Portrait (Aline Smithson)
  • A Smith Gallery, Johnson City, TX – Portals (Juror’s Award) (Elizabeth Avedon)
  • FotoNostrum Gallery, Barcelona, Spain – 15th Pollux Award, 16th Pollux Award, 16th Julia Margaret Cameron Award (6 images)
  • All About Photo, Online – Shapes (Sandrine Hermand-Grisel)
  • Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, CO – In Conversation with the Land (Karen Haas)
  • Lenscratch, Online – Vernacular Photograph Exhibition, June 12, 2021 (1st Place) (Greg Sand)
  • Photographic Center Northwest, Seattle, WA – Time Capsule Juried Exhibition (2 images) (Shamim M. Momin)
  • Griffin Museum of Photography, Winchester, MA – 27th Annual Juried Exhibition Show (Paula Tognarelli)
  • Candela Gallery, Richmond, VA – Unbound 10!
  • Colorado Photographic Arts Center, Denver, CO – Annual Members' Show (Director’s Choice) (Aline Smithson)
  • Marin Society of Artists, San Rafael, CA – Exposed 2021 (Linda Connor and Michael Creedon)
  • Triton Museum, Santa Clara, CA – SALON (Jeff Bramschreiber, Elke Groves, Francisco Pancho Jiménez)
  • Imago Lisboa Photo Festival 2021, Lisbon, Portugal – The Family in Transition (10 images)
  • Center for Photographic Art, Carmel, CA – 2021 Members’ Juried Exhibition (Susan Burnstine)
  • Sanchez Art Center, Pacifica, CA – 2021 Left Coast Annual Juried Exhibition (2 images) (Christine Koppes)
  • Site: Brooklyn, Brooklyn, NY – Photography A Sense of Place (2 images) (Jacqui Palumbo)
  • Tokyo International Foto Awards, Japan – 2020 TIFA Bronze Portfolio Winner
  • SE Center for Photography, Greenville, SC - Memory (Fran Forman)
  • L.A. Photo Curator, Childhood: Past, Present & Future, May 2021 (Laurie Freitag)
  • Association of Photographers, London, UK – 2020 AOP Open Award, Series (Finalist) (4 images) (Anne Manion and Tim Flach) *Exhibition at One Canada Square Lobby, Canary Wharf cancelled due to COVID-19*
  • SE Center for Photography, Greenville, SC - SE Center Open (Doug Beasley)
  • Midwest Center for Photography, Wichita, KS – Developed Work – International Photography Fellowship
2020
  • L.A. Photo Curator/N.Y. Photo Curator, 2020 Top 40 Images Submitted, (Laurie Freitag)
  • Center for Photographic Art, Carmel, CA – 2020 International Juried Exhibition(online) (Aline Smithson)
  • Texas Photographic Society, Houston, TX – TPS 29: The International Competition (Elizabeth Avedon)
  • Griffin Museum of Photography, Winchester, MA – 26th Annual Juried Exhibition Show (Alexa Dilworth)
  • Colorado Photographic Arts Center, Denver, CO – Annual Members' Show (Ann Jastrab)
  • South x Southeast Gallery, Molena, GA – The Road (Rich McCabe)
  • SE Center for Photography, Greenville, SC – The Contemporary Landscape (Adam Monohon)
  • Academy Art Museum, Easton, MD – New Photography II (2 images) (Philip Brookman)
  • Center for Photographic Art, Carmel, CA – 2020 Members’ Juried Exhibition (Ann Jastrab and Laura Sackett)
  • Praxis Photo Arts Center, Minneapolis, MN – Open Theme (Ann Jastrab)
  • Dickerman Prints Gallery, San Francisco, CA – The Best Medicine (2 images) (Ann Jastrab, Stuart Kogod, Seth Dickerman)
  • JKC Gallery, Trenton, NJ – The Road (Dana Stirling and Yoav Friedlander)
  • The Curated Fridge, Boston, MA and Aline Smithson's Kitchen in L.A. – The Ones That Got Away (Yorgos Efthymiadis)
2019
  • Texas Photographic Society, Houston, TX – Urban Landscape (Jamie Stillings)
  • ACCI Gallery, Berkeley, CA – San Francisco Bay International Photography Exhibition (Elizabeth Avedon, Julie Grahame, Ann Jastrab, David Garnick)
  • Colorado Photographic Arts Center, Denver, CO – Annual Members' Show (Kat Kiernan)
  • Griffin Museum of Photography, Winchester, MA – 25th Annual Juried Exhibition Show (online) (Julie Grahame and Paula Tognarelli)
  • Texas Photographic Society, Houston, TX – TPS 28: The International Competition (Arthur Meyerson)
  • Photographic Center Northwest, Seattle, WA – PCNW 22nd Juried Photography Exhibition (Conor Risch and Lara Behnert)
2018
  • Center for Photographic Art, Carmel, CA – 2018 International Juried Exhibition (Eve Schillo)
  • The Curated Fridge, Cambridge, MA – Autumn Show (Kat Kiernan)
  • LightBox Photographic Gallery, Astoria, OR – The Portfolios (4 images) (Michael and Chelsea Granger)
  • Colorado Photographic Arts Center, Denver, CO – Lies (4 images) (Richard McCabe)
  • The Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, CO – Landscapes 2018 (2 images), Honorable Mention, (Allie Haeusslein)
  • fotofoto gallery, Huntington, NY – 13th Annual National Photography Competition (2 images) (Ann Jastrab)
2017
  • Center for Photographic Art, Carmel, CA – 2017 International Juried Exhibition (Philip Brookman)
  • Colorado Photographic Arts Center, Denver, CO – Americana (2 images) (Darren Ching)
  • Barrett Art Center, Poughkeepsie, NY – New Directions 2017 (2 images) (Ruth Erickson)
  • TAG Gallery, Los Angeles, CA – 2017 California Open Exhibition (Scott Canty)
  • Center for Photographic Art, Carmel, CA – 2017 Members' Juried Exhibition (Elizabeth Corden and Jan Potts)
2014
  • RayKo Photo Center, San Francisco, CA – The Perimeter of the World, Contemporary Travel Photography (Ann Jastrab and Judy Walgren)
  • The Kiernan Gallery, Lexington, VA – Mainland (Stella Kramer)
  • Center for Photographic Art, Carmel, CA – 2014 Juried Exhibition (2 images) (Diana L. Daniels)
  • Darkroom Gallery, Essex Junction, VT – Five Elements (Eddie Soloway)
  • Black Box Gallery, Portland, OR – New Color Photography (Kelli Pennington)
2013
  • Triton Museum of Art, Santa Clara, CA – 2013 Statewide Photography Competition/Exhibition (Preston Metcalf)
2010
  • Graniterock Design Center, Cupertino, CA – Harvey Milk Civil Rights Academy, Back to School
  • Palo Alto Research Center, Palo Alto, CA – Harvey Milk Civil Rights Academy, Back to School
2009
  • Donkey Mill Art Center, Holualoa, HI – Landscapes and Portraits of the Islands
  • Harvey Milk Civil Rights Academy, San Francisco, CA – Harvey Milk Civil Rights Academy, Back to School

BOOKS
2021
  • Fauxliage: Disguised Cell Phone Towers of the American West, Daylight Books

PUBLICATIONS AND PRESS
2022 2021 2020 2019
  • Fraction Magazine, 11th Anniversary Issue, May 2019, Issue 122
2018
  • PDN Photo of the Day, August 30
  • Lenscratch, Lies at the Colorado Photographic Arts Center
2017
  • All-About-Photo.com, Annette LeMay Burke: Fauxliage, by Ann Jastrab
  • Don't Take Pictures, Photo of the Day, October 23
  • F-Stop Magazine, Americana @ CPAC
  • The Eye of Photography, Americana
  • Tour Les Jours Curieux, Fauxliage
  • CENTER Santa Fe, Website Marketing
2014 2013 2009
LECTURES
2022
  • Artist Talk, Portfolio 2022 - Fauxliage, Atlanta Photography Center, Atlanta, GA, Jun 2
  • Artist Talk, Memory is a Verb, Los Angeles Center of Photography, Los Angeles, CA, Jan 20
2021
  • Artist Talk, Fauxliage Book Launch, Center for Photographic Art, Carmel, CA, May 7
  • Artist Talk, Photobook Weekend, Griffin Museum of Photography, Winchester, MA, May 15
  • Interview, Disguised Cell Towers Pose for Photographic Artist in Fauxliage, AGL Media Group with Don Bishop, July 20
  • Interview, Fauxliage, Techtonic with Mark Hurst, July 12

DONATIONS
2022
  • Colorado Photographic Arts Center, Annual Fundraising Auction
2021
  • Los Angeles Center of Photography, Annual Fundraising Auction
  • Center for Photography Art, 8x10 Annual Fundraising Auction

EDUCATION
  • BA - Geology, University of California, Berkeley, CA