Edward Burtynsky, ‘Makrana Marble Quarries #18, Rajasthan, 2000’, 2004, Waddington's
Edward Burtynsky, ‘Makrana Marble Quarries #18, Rajasthan, 2000’, 2004, Waddington's

Printed 2004, mounted

Recently awarded the 2016 Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts, Edward Burtynsky is an internationally acclaimed photographer who has been capturing the impact of “human systems imposed on the land” for more than 25 years. The artist has travelled extensively to China, India, the United States, Bangladesh, Italy and Spain to research and to photograph monumental industrial wastelands.

Edward Burtynsky was born and raised in St. Catharines, Ontario. He holds a Bachelor of Applied Arts in Photography from Ryerson University and a Graphic Art degree from Niagara College. The artist was appointed Officer of the Order of Canada and holds six honorary degrees. His artwork is collected by more than 60 major international institutions such as the MOMA in New York, the Bibliothèque Nationale in Paris, the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, the Tate Modern in London and the Reina Sofia in Madrid.
Courtesy of Waddington's

Signature: Signed in ink, titled, and numbered 1/10 on artist's label

Private Collection, Ontario
Nicholas Metivier Gallery, Toronto

About Edward Burtynsky

Edward Burtynsky’s large-format color photographs document the ramifications of human industry on the natural world in a perversely beautiful manner. Bold swathes of color and rich texture render his images of mines, industrial refineries, shipbreaking yards, and other scarred landscapes from Detroit to Bangladesh, painterly. “Dryland Farming” (2011), an aerial series exploring how humans reshape natural topography through farming in a semi-arid, remote region of northern Spain, evokes abstract painting; seeing the colors and shapes from 2,000 feet above reminded the artist of Pablo Picasso’s Guernica (1937). Burtynsky intends his work to spark “a second look at what we call progress,” which has won him acclaim as an environmental champion as well as an artist; he received a TED Prize in 2005 for producing images that “powerfully alter the way we think about the world and our place in it.”

Canadian, b. 1955, St. Catharines, Canada