Edward Burtynsky's large-scale color photographs document the many facets of landscape as it is transformed through human industry. Exquisitely detailed and exactingly rendered, his images strike an intricate balance between a somber reportage and a powerfully seductive aesthetic. His various series, including shipbreaking yards, rock quarries and industrial refineries, reflect the dilemma between society's desire for prosperity and its impact on the environment.
Born in St. Catharines, Ontario in 1955, received his Bachelor of Applied Arts in Photography and Media Studies from Ryerson University in 1982. His photography was the subject of a career retrospective in 2013 at the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa, Ontario, which included a monograph; and has been exhibited at prominent institutions worldwide. In 2006 Burtynsky was the subject of Jennifer Baichwal's award-winning documentary Manufactured Landscapes. Burtynsky has won acclaim as an environmental champion, as well as an artist. In 2005 he received the inaugural TED Prize for producing images that "powerfully alter the way we think about the world and our place in it." His work is included in the collections of the Guggenheim Museum, New York; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Tate Modern, London; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofa, Madrid; the Bibliotheque National, Paris, France; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; and the National Gallery of Canada, among others.
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