Edward Burtynsky is known as one of Canada’s most respected photographers. His imagery explores the intricate link between industry and nature, combining the raw elements of mining, quarrying, manufacturing, shipping, oil production and recycling into eloquent, highly expressive visions that find beauty and humanity in the most unlikely of places. Mr. Burtynsky sits on the board of directors for Toronto’s international photography festival, Contact and The Ryerson Gallery and Research Center, and his visually compelling works are currently being exhibited in solo and group exhibitions across Canada, in the United States, Europe and Asia.
As The Guardian once wrote, “In Edward Burtynsky’s pictures of landscapes altered by mankind – blasted quarries, mines, and dumps – humanity is a ghost presence, one that has brutalized and carelessly departed, leaving something that is tragic yet peculiarly beautiful.”
Over the past twenty-five years, the internationally renowned photographer Edward Burtynsky has been an explorer of unfamiliar places where human activity has reshaped the surface of the land. He is known as one of Canada’s most respected photographers. His remarkable photographic depictions of global industrial landscapes are included in the collections of over 65 major museums around the world, including the National Gallery of Canada, the Museum of Modern Art and the Guggenheim Museum in New York, the Reina Sofia Museum, Madrid, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in California.
In 1985, Burtynsky also founded Toronto Image Works, a darkroom rental facility, custom photo laboratory, digital imaging and new media computer-training centre catering to all levels of Toronto’s art community. His work regularlys appear in numerous periodicals each year, including Canadian Art, Art in America, The Smithsonian, Harper’s Magazine, Flash Art, Blind Spot, Art Forum, Saturday Night, Playboy, National Geographic Society and the New York Times.