On October 25, the Dittrick will host as guest lecturer Stanley B. Burns, M.D., FACS, an internationally distinguished author, curator, historian, collector, publisher, and archivist. Dr. Burns is a practicing New York City ophthalmologist and Clinical Professor of Medicine and Psychiatry at New York University: Langone Medical Center. In 1975 he began collecting photographs. The dual driving concepts behind his collection comprised how people and professions used photography and to acquire images no one else had. The Burns Collection, now with over one million photographs, is generally recognized as the most important private collection of early vernacular photography (1840-1920). It includes the largest comprehensive collection of early medical photography 1840-1880. The Burns Collection is best known for images of the dark side of life - death, disease, disaster, mayhem, crime, racism, revolution, riots and war. Dr. Burns has authored forty-three photo-historical texts and curated more than fifty photographic exhibitions. He has been a founding donor of three museum photography collections and has donated parts of his collection to 23 institutions. The Burns Archive established in 1977 is a publishing, exhibiting and stock image sales entity based on the images in the Burns Collection. As a preview to his lecture- Dr. Burns' CBS News medical photographic series and a video done by Newsweek on the collection can be found on his blog. www.theburnsarchive.blogspot.com For his presentation at the Dittrick, Dr. Burns will show iconic images that have been the highlights of his most notable books and exhibitions. The emphasis will be on medicine, crime, death and dying issues, Judaica, African American history, the Civil War, and early photography. The goal of the lecture is to illustrate the critical role photographic documents have in education and collective memory.