Burns Sr., Michael
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Already famous for his thoroughbred horse racing photos, Michael Burns Sr.’s curling career behind the lens began with the Scotch Cup in 1959, when the Toronto photographer’s images of the curling exploits of Canada’s Ernie Richardson ran in newspapers around the world.
When Air Canada began its sponsorship of Air Canada Silver Broom, Burns was retained to shoot the event and, when Labatt Breweries took over sponsorship of the Brier in 1980, he added the Canadian Men’s Curling Championship to his resume. It’s been estimated that Burns has produced more than 100,000 curling images.