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The 700,000 plus vintage photographs in the Burns Collection is a unique source of historic visual documentation. The strength of the collection is in vernacular photographs. The photographs taken by, for and of the common man. The collection is especially strong and noted for iconic historic images- medical photography and images of the dark side of life - Death, Disease, Disaster, Mayhem, Crime, Racism. Revolution, Riots, War. It is essentially copy prints from the Burns private collection that make up the images in the Burns Archive thus making this unique source generally available as stock photography.

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