Erin Michelle Burk is a documentary photographer based in Chicago, USA. 

Born in the United States and partially raised on a missile test site in the Republic of the Marshall Islands, Erin graduated from Ohio University's School of Visual Communication in Dec 2022 having studied photojournalism and specialized in historical research and writing with a focus on Chinese history and contemporary politics. She is an alumna of the Eddie Adams Workshop and her clients include the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, the TedX Program, and more. When not out photographing, Erin can be found searching for stray cats, summer rainstorms, and a great latte.

Available for assignment in Chicago, the Midwest, and beyond.

(978) 732-4839


2022  Ohio University, BS in Visual Communication

Accolades / Grants

2022  Hearst Photojournalism Awards, National Championship Semifinalist

2022  National Press Photographers Foundation, Reid Blackburn Scholarship

2022  Ohio College Photographer of the Year

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

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

2022  Student Enhancement Grant, "Tip of the Spear"

2022  Experiential Learning Grant, "Tip of the Spear"

2022  Kyra Kurt Wilner Scholarship

2021  Scripps Foundation, Don Perris Grant

2020  James R. Gordon Ohio Understanding Award

Workshops / Programs

2023  Trauma Awareness for Journalists, the DART Center & the International Committee for the Red Cross 

2023  Trauma Informed Approaches to Journalism, the Poynter Center

2023  Covering Political Extremism in the Public Square, the Poynter Center

2021 - 2022  National Press Photographers Association @ Ohio University, President

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

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