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Feb
09

‘Edward Burtynsky: The Residual Landscapes’ opens at The Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies, Banff, Alberta

February 7 – April 26, 2009

 

One of the great photographers of the world. Enjoy some of his images below and visit his website for more photographs at www.edwardburtynsky.com/

 

Edward Burtynsky. 'Silver Lake Operations #1, Lake Lefroy, Western Australia 2007'

 

Edward Burtynsky
‘Silver Lake Operations #1, Lake Lefroy, Western Australia 2007’

 

Edward Burtynsky. 'Tanggu Port, Tianjin, China 2005'

 

Edward Burtynsky
‘Tanggu Port, Tianjin, China 2005’

 

“Nature transformed through industry is a predominant theme in my work. I set course to intersect with a contemporary view of the great ages of man; from stone, to minerals, oil, transportation, silicon, and so on. To make these ideas visible I search for subjects that are rich in detail and scale yet open in their meaning. Recycling yards, mine tailings, quarries and refineries are all places that are outside of our normal experience, yet we partake of their output on a daily basis.

 

Edward Burtynsky. 'Oxford Tire Pile #8, Westley, California 1999'

 

Edward Burtynsky
‘Oxford Tire Pile #8, Westley, California 1999’

 

Edward Burtynsky. 'Nickel Tailings No. 31, Sudbury, Ontario 1996'

 

Edward Burtynsky
‘Nickel Tailings No. 31, Sudbury, Ontario 1996’

 

These images are meant as metaphors to the dilemma of our modern existence; they search for a dialogue between attraction and repulsion, seduction and fear. We are drawn by desire – a chance at good living, yet we are consciously or unconsciously aware that the world is suffering for our success. Our dependence on nature to provide the materials for our consumption and our concern for the health of our planet sets us into an uneasy contradiction. For me, these images function as reflecting pools of our times.”

Text from The Whyte Museum website.

 

Edward Burtynsky. 'Nickel Tailings #30, Sudbury, Ontario, 1996'

 

Edward Burtynsky
‘Nickel Tailings #30, Sudbury, Ontario, 1996’

 

Edward Burtynsky. 'Feng Jie #4, Three Gorges Dam Project, Yangtze River, 2002'

 

Edward Burtynsky
‘Feng Jie #4, Three Gorges Dam Project, Yangtze River, 2002’

 

“These images are meant as metaphors to the dilemma of our modern existence; they search for a dialogue between attraction and repulsion, seduction and fear,” said Edward Burtynsky, photographer. “We are drawn by desire – a chance at good living, yet we are consciously or unconsciously aware that the world is suffering for our success. Our dependence on nature to provide the materials for our consumption and our concern for the health of our planet sets us into an uneasy contradiction. For me, these images function as reflecting pools of our times.” 

 

Edward Burtynsky. 'Shipbreaking No.1, Chittagong, Bangladesh, 2000'

 

Edward Burtynsky
‘Shipbreaking No.1, Chittagong, Bangladesh, 2000’

 

Edward Burtynsky. 'Bao Steel #2, Shanghai, China, 2005'

 

Edward Burtynsky
‘Bao Steel #2, Shanghai, China, 2005’

 

Speaking of his “Quarries” series, Burtynsky has said, “The concept of the landscape as architecture has become, for me, an act of imagination. I remember looking at buildings made of stone, and thinking, there has to be an interesting landscape somewhere out there, because these stones had to have been taken out of the quarry one block at a time. I had never seen a dimensional quarry, but I envisioned an inverted cubed architecture on the side of a hill. I went in search of it, and when I had it on my ground glass I knew that I had arrived.” 

 

Edward Burtnysky. 'Iberia Quarries #3, Bencatel, Portugal, 2006'

 

Edward Burtnysky
‘Iberia Quarries #3, Bencatel, Portugal, 2006’

 

Edward Burtnysky. 'China Quarries #8, Xiamen, Fujian Province, 2004'

 

Edward Burtnysky
‘China Quarries #8, Xiamen, Fujian Province, 2004’

 

Edward Burtynsky. 'Dam #6 ,Three Gorges Dam Project, Yangtze River, 2005'

 

Edward Burtynsky
‘Dam #6 ,Three Gorges Dam Project, Yangtze River, 2005’

 

Below is the trailer for the film ‘Manufactured Landscapes’ in which Jennifer Baichwal documents Edward Burtynsky doing what artists do – making art, in this case photographing Bangladesh and China as he observes the “manufacturer to the world”.

I haven’t seen the film but I am hanging out to do so! Anybody seen it please?

 


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