Etan Patz Update (Age 6 to Age 13), 1984

Following the exhibition of her “aged” images of Prince Charles, Princess Diana, and their young son Prince William in 1984, Burson received an inquiry about using her aging software in the search for missing children. After working with several families, she approached the parents of a famous missing child—Etan Patz—who was six years old when he was last seen in Soho in 1979. In conjunction with the Patz family and the FBI agent assigned to the case, Burson produced an aged portrait of Etan that was published on the front page of the New York Post and has become one of her best-known works. Although this composite did not result in Etan’s return, Burson’s aging software has helped the FBI and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children to locate numerous kidnap victims.