Ed Burtynsky (1998-03-20)

Ed Burtynsky
Practice: Photography
Date of Lecture: 1998-03-20

Burtynsky_Ed_w02Rock of Ages, Active Section, E.L. Smith Quarry #15, Barre, Vermont, 1991 © Ed Burtynsky

Ed Burtynsky’s exactingly composed colour photographs often address the impact of industry on the natural landscape. His images are monumental and disarmingly poetic explorations of man’s interactions with his surroundings and, by implication, about the consequences of living within a global economy. He has brought his rigorous aesthetic to subjects such as the marble quarries of Carrara, Italy, the nickel mines of Sudbury, Ontario and the oil refineries of Oakville, Ontario. One of his most recent series, entitled Shipbreaking, depicts the massive cargo wrecks that are brought to the shores of Chittagong, Bangladesh to be broken down by local workers.

Burtynsky’s photographs are featured in the collections of the Albright Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, New York, the Bibliotheque National, Paris, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography, Ottawa and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas. His recent work has also been showcased in solo exhibitions at the Charles Cowles Gallery, New York (2002), Flowers East, London (2001), the Robert Koch Gallery, San Francisco (2001) and at the Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montreal (2000).

Burtynsky_Ed_w01Shipbreaking No. 10, Chittagong, Bangladesh, 2000 © Ed Burtynsky

In 2003, The National Gallery of Canada will feature the exhibition, Edward Burtynsky: Mid-Career Retrospective, which will also travel to The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery in Toronto and to the Musée de l’Eysée in Lausanne, Switzerland.

Edward Burtynsky was born in St. Catherines, Ontario and holds a B.A. in Photographic Arts from Ryerson University.

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