Edward Burtynsky is one of Canada’s most respected photographers. “His remarkable photographic depictions of global industrial landscapes are included in the collections of over fifty major museums around the world, including the National Gallery of Canada, the Bibliotèque Nationale in Paris, the Museum of Modern Art and the Guggenheim Museum in New York.” His exhibitions include, “Oil (2009) at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington D.C. (five-year international touring show), Manufactured Landscapes at the National Gallery of Canada (touring from 2003 – 2005), Before the Flood (2003), and China (toured 2005 – 2008).”
I recently watched Manufactured Landscapes which documents large-scale images of ‘manufactured landscapes’ in China. He captures factories and shipping yards in a way I’ve never seen before. Burtynsky’s other work includes documenting landscapes like quarries, recycling yards, factories, mines, dams. His photographs of civilization’s materials and debris are most certainly stunning but the issues and questions they raise are definitely horrifying.
Below are a few of his terribly beautiful images…