Manufactured Landscapes: The Photographs of Edward Burtynsky

Manufactured Landscapes: The Photographs of Edward Burtynsky

by Lori Pauli
     
 
Over the past twenty-five years, the internationally renowned Canadian photographer Edward Burtynsky has been an explorer of unfamiliar places where human activity has reshaped the surface of the land. His astonishing large-scale color photographs of the landscapes of mining, quarrying, railcutting, recycling, oil refining, and shipbreaking uncover a stark, almost

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Over the past twenty-five years, the internationally renowned Canadian photographer Edward Burtynsky has been an explorer of unfamiliar places where human activity has reshaped the surface of the land. His astonishing large-scale color photographs of the landscapes of mining, quarrying, railcutting, recycling, oil refining, and shipbreaking uncover a stark, almost sublime beauty in the residue of industrial"progress." The implicit social and environmental upheavals that underlie these images make them powerful emblems of our times. This handsome catalogue of the first major retrospective of Burtynsky's work features essays by Lori Pauli, Kenneth Baker, and Mark Haworth-Booth, as well as a wide-ranging interview with the artist by Michael Torosian. The book includes sixty-four color plates.

Author Biography: Lori Pauli is Assistant Curator, Photographs Collection at the National Gallery of Canada. Kenneth Baker is the art critic for the San Francisco Chronicle. Mark Haworth-Booth is Curator of Photographs at the Victoria & Albert Museum. Michael Torosian is a photographer and publisher in Toronto.

Published in association with the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Internationally known for his photographs documenting the effect of industrialization on the environment, Burtynsky provokes his viewers to contemplate the world he shoots. Published in conjunction with the first major retrospective of Burtynksy's work, this book requires more than a quick flip through the pages. At first one is dazzled by the color and apparent fluidity in the landscapes that he captures, but on deeper examination one begins to realize that these are quarry mines, oil refining factories, and recycling centers. It's hard then not to think of what one might have done as a consumer to contribute to the formation of these images. Have my old cars gone to the recycling center that is loaded with so many old cars that they look like sardines in a can? Not your typical coffee-table book, this comes with a social and environmental message that should not be ignored. Essays by three curator/critics and an interview with the artist complement the 64 large-scale color images. Recommended for academic libraries and large art photo collections. [The retrospective will appear at the Art Gallery of Ontario in 2004 and the Brooklyn Museum of Art in Fall 2005.-Ed.]-Sheila Devaney, Univ. of Georgia Libs., Athens Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300099430
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
04/10/2003
Pages:
160
Sales rank:
388,450
Product dimensions:
10.75(w) x 12.50(h) x (d)

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