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TIME Cover Features a Composite Image Created by New York Film Academy Photography Instructor Nancy Burson

TIME Magazine Cover Features a Composite Image Created by New York Film Academy Photography Instructor Nancy Burson

July 19, 2018 Legendary photographer and New York Film Academy (NYFA) faculty member Nancy Burson’s thought-provoking image is the current cover of Time magazine.

At first glance, the man on our July 30, 2018, cover might seem familiar: it was created by morphing images of two of the world’s most recognizable men, President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin. The composite image, by visual artist @nancyburson, is meant to represent this particular moment in U.S. foreign policy, following the pair’s recent meeting in Helsinki. As our senior White House correspondent Brian Bennett writes in this week’s cover story: “A year and a half into his presidency, Trump’s puzzling affinity for #Putin has yet to be explained. #Trump is bruised by the idea that Russian election meddling taints his victory, those close to him say, and can’t concede the fact that Russia did try to interfere in the election, regardless of whether it impacted the outcome. He views this problem entirely through a political lens, these people say, unable or unwilling to differentiate between the question of whether his campaign colluded with #Russia—which he denies—and the question of whether Russia attempted to influence the election.” Burson, who became well known for developing a technique to age faces, which is used by the FBI to find missing children, says the goal of her latest composite is to help readers “stop and think” when it comes to similarities between the two leaders. “What my work has always been about is allowing people to see differently,” she tells TIME. “The combining of faces is a different way for people to see what they couldn’t see before.” Read this week's full cover story on TIME.com. Photo illustration by @nancyburson for TIME (Digital imaging by @johndepew. Source photographs: Trump: @gettyimages; Putin: Kremlin handout)

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Renowned for her pioneering work in morphing technologies, Burson’s current Time magazine cover is an arresting portrait that combines the faces of two of the world’s most powerful leaders: U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin. To create the composite, Burson partnered with NYFA alum and digital editor John Depew. In the image, the men’s faces are digitally combined to create a single arresting portrait, providing a startling visual representation of a significant moment in world affairs following the recent meeting of the two leaders in Helsinki.



“We at the New York Film Academy's Photography School could not be more honored to see our colleague's work featured on the cover of Time magazine,” says NYFA Photography Chair David Mager. “Nancy is an exceptional artist whose profound work, and its cultural impact, speaks for itself -- as it has for decades. This image speaks to a critical moment in world affairs and demonstrates the power of visual arts in society to provoke thought, open dialogue, and express the times. We are truly proud to count her among our faculty and offer our students opportunities to learn from a master of her craft.”

In addition to her riveting Time cover, Burson’s work was recently also singled out by Time magazine in its list of 100 Photographs: The Most Influential Images of All Time.



Burson is a legend in her field, perhaps best known for her cutting-edge morphing technologies. Burson's work has been featured on Oprah, Good Morning America, CNN, National Public Radio, PBS, and Fuji TV News, as well as countless local TV segments in the USA, Canada, and Europe; and discussed in The New York Times, The Baltimore Sun, The Houston Chronicle, and Scientific American Magazine, to name a few. There are four monographs of her work and reproductions of it appear in hundreds of art catalogs and textbooks on the history of photography, published in all languages. Burson’s fine art photography is available through ClampArt Gallery in NYC. Her website can be viewed here.

The New York Film Academy congratulates Nancy Burson and John Depew for their remarkable work on the cover of Time magazine.

You can read a full Q&A with Nancy on our blog.








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