Edward Burtynsky

Edward Burtynsky

Canadian, b. 1955

Place of Birth: Ontario, Canada

Specialities: Contemporary Art, Old Masters


Over the past twenty-five years, Canadian photographer Edward Burtynsky has been an explorer of unfamiliar places where industrial activity has reshaped the surface of the land. His surveys of the human-made terrain of quarrying, mining, railcutting, recycling, oil refining, and shipbreaking remind us that these incursions into the earth arise from perennial human needs and desires. With a disturbing and unexpected beauty, these photographs subvert our usual notions of the sublime in nature and lead us to new awareness of the landscape of our times.
Artist statementThese images are meant as metaphors to thedilemma of our modern existence; they search for a dialogue betweenattraction and repulsion, seduction and fear. We are drawn by desire -a chance at good living, yet we are consciously or unconsciously awarethat the world is suffering for our success. Our dependence on natureto provide the materials for our consumption and our concern for thehealth of our planet sets us into an uneasy contradiction...

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 Oil Spill #11, Nesting Grounds with Oil, Gulf of Mexico, June 24 2010 by Edward Burtynsky

Oil Spill #11, Nesting Grounds with Oil, Gulf of M

Christie's, London

October 16, 2014


 Manufacturing #17, Deda Chicken Processing Plant, Dehui City, Jilin Province, China by Edward Burtynsky

Manufacturing #17, Deda Chicken Processing Plant,

Los Angeles Modern Auctions, Van Nuys

October 12, 2014

$12,500  USD

 Nickel Tailings #34 and #35, Sudbury, Ontario, 1996 by Edward Burtynsky

Nickel Tailings #34 and #35, Sudbury, Ontario, 199

Phillips, New York

October 1, 2014

$100,000  USD


Dealer's Notebook: Bryce Wolkowitz on the Possibilities of New Media Art

By Art+Auction | January 26, 2013

AGE: 39HAILS FROM: ManhattanPRESIDES OVER: Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery, 505 West 24th Street, New YorkGALLERY’S SPECIALTY: Contemporary artARTISTS SHOWN: Edward Burtynsky, Jim Campbell,...

The Photographers' Gallery Inaugurates Its New Soho Home With Beguiling Edward Burtynsky Exhibition

By Coline Milliard,ARTINFO UK | May 18, 2012

Tomorrow, the new home of the Photographers' Gallery in Ramillies Street, Soho, will officially open to the public. And the elegant building, redeveloped by architects O'Donnell + Tuomey, makes a...

The Photographer's Gallery 2.0: Details of Digitally Friendly Renovation Announced

By Coline Milliard,BLOUIN ARTINFO UK | January 30, 2012

Today, London's only public institution dedicated solely to photography has announced the details of its May 19 reopening. Closed since October 2010, the Victorian building on Soho's Ramillies...


Edward Burtynsky: Water

Sep 18 - Nov 2, 2013

Howard Greenberg Gallery, New York

Edward Burtynsky: Water

Oct 16 - Nov 23, 2013


Angela Flowers at 80

Dec 4, 2012 - Feb 9, 2013


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