Erin Michelle Burk is a documentary photographer based in Chicago, USA. Her work explores memory, health, and the impact that legislation has on communities and individuals. In her storytelling, she works to bring history to the present by contextualizing current social issues within the environments that create them. She is fascinated by the interplay between science and religion, and is currently working on projects examining commonalities and boundaries between the two.

Born in the United States and raised in the Republic of the Marshall Islands, she is currently studying photojournalism and history at Ohio University. She has produced work for the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, the TedX Program, and more. She is available for assignment in Chicago, Illinois, and the Midwest region.

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2022  Ohio University, BS in Visual Communication

2021  Eddie Adams Workshop XXXIV

2019  Lens Collective Workshop

2017  German American Partnership Program, Goethe-Institut: Pfungstadt, DE

2016 - 2018  New England Conservatory Preparatory School, Flute Studies


2022  Hearst Foundation, National Championship Semifinalist

2022  Ohio News Photographers Association, College Photographer of the Year

2022  Ohio News Photographers Association, Feature Picture Story, 1st Place

2022  National Press Photographers Foundation, Reid Blackburn Scholarship

2022  Kyra Kurt Wilner Scholarship

2022  Experiential Learning Award

2022  Student Enhancement Award 

2022  Northern Short Course, Feature Picture Story, 2nd Place

2021-2022  NPPA Ohio University, President

2021  Don Perris Foundation Grant

2020  Ohio News Photographers Association, James R. Gordon Ohio Understanding Award, 1st Place

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