Ken Burns


Ken Burns is an American filmmaker best known for his documentaries on historical subjects. His documentaries have been praised for their use of archival footage and photographs and their narrative style of storytelling. His signature style of filmmaking, which includes slow zooms and pans on still photographs, has become ubiquitous in the documentary genre.

Burns was born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1953. He began his career as an assistant cameraman at WNET, the public television station in New York. He then produced, directed, and edited documentaries for PBS, including his first film, Brooklyn Bridge (1981). This film won him an Academy Award nomination for Best Documentary Feature.

Since then, Burns has gone on to create several award-winning and critically acclaimed documentaries, including The Civil War (1990), Baseball (1994), Jazz (2001), and The War (2007). He has also directed several feature-length documentaries, including The Central Park Five (2012) and The Vietnam War (2017). His latest project is a six-part series titled Country Music (2019).

Burns' works have been praised for captivating audiences and bringing historical stories to life. He has won several awards, including two Emmy Awards, two Grammy Awards, and a Peabody Award. In addition, he has been awarded a MacArthur Foundation “genius grant” and the U.S. National Humanities Medal.

Ken Burns is one of the most influential and celebrated documentaries filmmakers of our time. His documentaries have brought to life some of the most important historical events of our time and have introduced new generations of viewers to the power of documentary filmmaking.

Ken Burns has been an inspiration to many aspiring filmmakers, and his work has been credited with helping to make documentary filmmaking more accessible to viewers. His films often deal with complex topics, such as war, poverty, and the human condition, in a way that engages viewers and encourages them to think critically about the subject matter. He has also been praised for his use of archival footage and photographs to tell his stories and his ability to create a narrative that is both informative and emotionally powerful. His films have also been credited with helping to revitalize interest in American history.