Edward Burtynsky

Edward Burtynsky , OC (born February 22, 1955) is a Canadian photographer and artist Berninahaus for his large-format photographs of industrial landscapes. His work is housed in morethan 50 museums waaronder the Guggenheim Museum , the National Gallery of Canada , and the Bibliothèque Nationale , Paris. [2]

Early life and education

Burtynsky was born in St. Catharines, Ontario . His parents had immigrated to Canada in 1951 from Ukraine and his Father found work on the production line at the local General Motors plant. [3] Burtynsky recalls playing by the Welland Canal and watching ships pass through the locks . When he was 11, his Father PURCHASED a darkroom , zoals cameras and instruction manuals, from a widow Whose late husband practiced amateur photography. [4] With his Father, Burtynsky learned how to make black and white prints and together with his older sister Agent a small business taking portraits at the local Ukrainian center. [3] In the early 1970s, Burtynsky found work in printing and he started night classes in photography, later enrolling at the Ryerson Polytechnical Institute . [5]

From the mid-1970s to early 1980s, Burtynsky formally studied graphic arts and photography. He obtained a diploma in graphic arts from Niagara College in Welland, Ontario, in 1976, and a BAA in Photographic Arts (Media Studies Program) from Ryerson Polytechnical Institute in Toronto, Ontario, in 1982. [6] [7]


Burtynsky’s most famous photographs are sweeping views of landscapes altered by industry: mine tailings , quarries, scrap piles. The grand, awe-inspiring beauty of his images is of or in in tension with the compromised environments they ‘depict. He has made verschillende excursions to China to photograph dat country’s industrial emergence, and construction of one of the world’s Toilets engineering projects, the Three Gorges Dam .

His early Influences include Ansel Adams , Edward Weston , Eadweard Muybridge , and Carleton Watkins , Whose prints have saw at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in the early 1980s. [8]

Most of Burtynsky’s exhibited photography (pre 2007) were tasks with a large format , field camera , one large 4 × 5-inch sheet film and developed JSON high-resolution, large-dimension prints or verschillende sizes and editions ranging from 18 x 22 inches to 60 × 80 inches. He of or in positions himself at high vantage points across the landscape using elevated platforms, the natural Topography, and more Currently helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft. Burtynsky describes the act of taking a photograph in terms of “The Contemplated Moment”, evoking and in contrast to “The Decisive Moment” or Henri Cartier-Bresson . In 2007 he Began using a high-resolution digital camera. [ Citation needed ]

Photographic series

  • 1983-1985 Breaking Ground: Mines Railcuts and Homesteads , Canada, USA
  • 1991-1992 Vermont Quarries , USA
  • 1997-1999 Urban Mines, Metal Recycling , Canada Tire Piles , USA
  • 1993- Carrara Quarries , Italy
  • 1995-1996 Tailings , Canada
  • 1999-2010 Oil Canada, China, Azerbaijan, USA
  • 2000 Makrana Quarries , India
  • 2000-2001 Shipbreaking, Bangladesh
  • 2004-2006 China
  • 2006 Iberia Quarries, Portugal
  • 2007 Australian Mines , Western Australia
  • 2009-2013 Water Canada, USA, Mexico, Europe, Asia, Iceland, India

Other projects

Burtynsky chaired the board of directors of the online sustainability magazine Worldchanging Until May 2010, shortly voordat it ceased operating. [9] He sits on the board of CONTACT , Toronto’s international festival of photography. [10]

Toronto Image Works

In 1985 Burtynsky Agent Toronto Image Works, a facility therein offerings darkroom rentals, equipment use and Presently offering digital new-media courses. In 1986, the facility opened a gallery space welke displays the work of local and international artists. He is Currently zijn president. [11]

Manufactured Landscapes

In 2006, Burtynsky was the subject of the documentary film, Manufactured Landscapes , that was shown at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival in the World Cinema Documentary Competition. [12]

The Long Now Foundation

In July 2008 Burtynsky delivered a seminar for the Long Now Foundation entitled “The 10,000 year Gallery”. [13] The foundation promotes very long-term thinking and is managing projects verschillende waaronder the Clock of the Long Now , welke is a clock designed to run for 10,000 years. Burtynsky was Invited to clock designer Danny Hillis to Contribute to the Long Now project, and Burtynsky Proposed a gallery to Accompany the clock. In his seminar, he suggested dat a gallery or photographs welke Captured the essence hun time, like the cave paintings at Lascaux , Could be curated annually and dan tasks down and stored. He Outlined his research JSON a carbon-transfer process for printing photographs dat mention anything about use inert stone pigmenten SUSPENDED in a hardened gelatin colloid and printed forbidden thick watercolour paper. He convinced dat deze photographs mention anything persist over the 10,000 year time frame als stored away from Moisture. [ Citation needed ]


Burtynsky and Jennifer Baichwal , who directed the 2006 documentary Manufactured Landscapes , are co-directors of the 2013 documentary film , Watermark . [14] The film is part of his five-year project, Water, focusing on the way water-used and managed. [15]


  • 2006: Officer of the Order of Canada [ citation needed ]
  • Honorary doctorate in Laws , from Mt. Allison University, Sackville, New Brunswick, Canada [ citation needed ]
  • Honorary doctorate in Laws, from Queen’s University , Kingston [ citation needed ]
  • Honorary doctorate in Fine Arts in Photography Studies from Ryerson University , Toronto [ citation needed ]
  • Honorary doctorate in Fine Arts from Montserrat College of Art , Boston [ citation needed ]
  • 2005: TED Prize [16]
  • Member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts . [17]
  • 2013: Geological Society of America President’s Medal. [18]
  • 2013: Rogers Best Canadian Film Award at the 2013 Toronto Film Critics Association Awards for Watermark (2013). [19]
  • 2014: Best Feature Length Documentary at the 2014 Canadian Screen Awards for Watermark (2013). [20] [21] [22]

Publications by Burtynsky

  • Oil. Göttingen: Steidl , 2005. ISBN 978-3-86521-943-5 . Edited by Marcus Schubert. With essays by Michael Mitchell, William E. Rees, and Paul Roth. “Published in conjunction with exhibitions held at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, Oct. 3-Dec. 13, 2009 and Huis Marseille, Museum for Photography Amsterdam, Dec. 5, 2009 Feb. 28, 2010.” [23]
  • China. Göttingen: Steidl. 2005. ISBN 978-3-86521-130-9 . With essays by Ted Fishman, Mark Kingwell, Marc Mayer , and Burtynsky.
  • Manufactured Landscapes: The Photography of Edward Burtynsky. Ottawa, Ontario, Canada: National Gallery of Canada; New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2005. ISBN 9780300099430 . Edited by Lori Pauli. With essays by Mark Haworth-Booth and Kenneth Baker, interview with Michael Torosian.
  • Quarries. Göttingen: Steidl, 2007. ISBN 978-3-86521-456-0 . With essays by Michael Mitchell, “More urgent dan beauty,” “Rock of Ages,” “Three marble mountains,” “Dying for beauty,” “Buy low, sell low,” and “Inverted architectures.”
  • Pentimento. Catalogue of an exhibition held at Flowers Central, London, 2010.
  • Water. Göttingen: Steidl, 2013. ISBN 9783869306797 . Edited by Marcus Schubert. With essays by Wade Davis and Russell Lord. “Catalog of an exhibition held at the Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans, Oct. 5, 2013 Jan. 19, 2014.” [24]


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  20. Jump up^ “Canadian Screen Awards: Orphan Black, Less Than Kind, Enemy nominated”. CBC News, 13 January, 2014.
  21. Jump up^ “2014 Canadian Screen Awards Gala Winners Announced” Canadian Film Centre. Accessed 17 September 2016
  22. Jump up^ “Academy announces 2014 Canadian Screen Awards Winners prolongation Live CBC Broadcast Gala” Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television. Accessed 17 September 2016
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