Victor Burgin came to prominence as an originator of conceptual art in the late 1960s when he was also part of now historical exhibitions such as "When Attitudes Become Form" (1969) and "Three Perspectives on Photography" (1979). Since 1970 Burgin has mounted more than one hundred solo exhibitions internationally, among others in London (Institute of Contemporary Arts, Architectural Association), Oxford (Museum of Modern Art), Barcelona (Fundació Antoni Tàpies), Cambridge (Albert and Vera List Visual Arts Center), Canberra (National Gallery of Australia), Budapest (Mücsarnok Museum), New York (New York Institute of Contemporary Art), Cologne (Galerie Thomas Zander), Montreal (Canadian Center for Architecture), Los Angeles (MAK Foundation), Geneva (MAMCO Musée d'art moderne et contemporain), Paris (Fondation Brownston), Milan (Museo di Fotografia contemporanea), Venice (Fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa) and many more. Galerie Campagne Première presented two solo shows of Victor Burgin, "A Place to Read" in 2011 and "Hôtel Berlin" in 2009.

In 1986 Victor Burgin was nominated for the Turner Prize and his photographic and video work is represented in such public collections as Museum of Modern Art, New York; Corcoran Gallery, Washington DC; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; The Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; The Tate Gallery, London; The Victoria and Albert Museum, London; and the Centre Pompidou, Paris.

Victor Burgin published numerous writings, such as Thinking Photography (1982), The End of Art Theory: Criticism and Postmodernity (1986), and In/Different Spaces: Place and Memory in Visual Culture (1996).