2012 Empire State Archives and History Award Laureate
Ken Burns is a renowned documentary filmmaker who has been in the business for almost 40 years. His documentaries are well known for their use of archival footage and photographs, as well as the pan and scan technique, which has oft been dubbed, "The Ken Burns Effect," by various software. Burns has made some of the most recognizable historic documentaries in recent years, such as: The Civl War, Baseball, Jazz, The Statue of Liberty, Lewis and Clark: The Journey of Corps Discovery, The Roosevelts, The National Parks: America's Best Idea, and The Vietnam War.
In addition, Burns' films, Brooklyn Bridge (1982) and The Statue of Liberty (1986) were both nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. He has also been nominated for a total of 15 Emmys and has won five: Outstanding Informational Series for The Civil War A General Motors Mark of Excellence; Outstanding individual achievement-informational programming for The Civil War A General Motors Mark of Excellence; Outstanding Informational Series for Baseball; Outstanding Nonfiction Special for Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise And Fall of Jack Johnson, and Outstanding Nonfiction Series for The National Parks: America's Best Idea.
In 2002, a Real Screen Magazine poll cited Ken Burns as one of the most influential historical documentary filmmakers of all time. His most recent projects include Country Music (2019), The Mayo Clinic (2018), The Vietnam War (2017), Jackie Robinson (2016), and The Roosevelts (2014). Showing no signs of slowing down, Ken Burns has many upcoming films, Including: The Holocaust & the United States (2021), Benjamin Franklin (2022), and LBJ & the Great Society (2027).