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The International Meeting Place


Burt Finger

Co-owner & Director
Photographs Do Not Bend Gallery (PDNB Gallery), Dallas, TX, USA

Burt Finger and his wife, Missy, opened Photographs Do Not Bend Gallery in 1995. Before 1995, Finger was a private dealer of photography and antique watches, and prior to that, Finger had many interests and careers. He was stationed for a year in Vietnam (1969) as an Officer in the Corps of Engineers. During his time in Vietnam, he met and worked with the famous photojournalist Larry Burrows, who influenced his future in photography. When Finger returned to Dallas after his tour–of-duty, he pursued photojournalism. While he was a photographer in the 1970s he studied art and exhibited in various galleries in Texas, including the Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston. His work is included in the permanent collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Finger taught photography at North Texas State University in Denton (now known as the University of North Texas). He and his wife began collecting photography in the 1990s.

Finger’s current position as Gallery Director involves curatorial duties, appraisals, and corporate, museum, and private sales. He has curated over 150 exhibitions, including the milestone shows “SHINE”, featuring antique shoeshine boxes and vintage shoeshine-themed photographs;“Pictures of Me”; and “Texas Bauhaus”. In addition to his work at PDNB Gallery, Finger organizes exhibitions for non-profit galleries. In recent years, he has appeared as a photography appraiser on the acclaimed PBS program Antiques Roadshow.

Finger would like to see work that catapult’s the medium into the next dimension. 

Session One

The International Meeting Place

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