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.