Canadian, born 1955
For four decades Edward Burtynsky has explored through diverse photographic projects the complex global intersection of industrial growth and environmental impact. Edward Burtynsky’s 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, reflecting the dilemma between society’s desire for prosperity and its impact on the environment.
Born in St. Catharines, Ontario in 1955, Edward Burtynsky received his Bachelor of Applied Arts in Photography and Media Studies from Ryerson University in 1982. Edward Burtynsky’s works are held in the collections of over 60 major museums around the world, including The Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Guggenheim Museum in New York; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; the Reina Sofia Museum in Madrid; and the National Gallery of Canada. Burtynsky is a recipient of the 2004 TED Prize honoring individuals who have shown they can positively impact life in a global context, as well as the ICP Infinity Award for Art (2008), the Rogers Best Documentary Film Award (2006), The Outreach Award at the Rencontres d’Arles (2004), and the Roloff Beny Book Award (2003). The National Gallery of Canada organized and toured in 2003 the first retrospective of Burtynsky’s work, Manufactured Landscapes, which subsequently travelled to the The Brooklyn Museum of Art, New York; the Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego; and the Cantor Center for Visual Arts, at Stanford University.
Edward Burtynsky’s highly anticipated latest series Anthropocene, presents alluring yet poignant and sobering works mapping the impact of human intervention on planet Earth. Anthropocene encompasses the artist’s sixth Steidl monograph, and includes a film documentary collaboration with filmmakers Jennifer Baichwal and Nicholas de Pencier. The Robert Koch Gallery exhibited the series in the Fall of 2018 in conjunction with two museum exhibitions, one at the Art Gallery of Ontario and the other at the Canadian Photography Institute of the National Gallery of Canada.