Edward Burtynsky

Edward Burtynsky (1955)

Lives in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Works in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

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.”

A Terrible Beauty: Edward Burtynsky is a focused survey at the Vancouver Art Gallery, featuring photographs the artist produced between 1983 and 2013. This exhibition represents all key bodies of Edward Burtynsky's work, such as early series of homestead and rail line photographs shot in British Columbia in the early 1980s, his documentation of the extraordinary growth and transformation of China in the past decade and a new, groundbreaking international project that is focused on the subject of water.
A Terrible Beauty: Edward Burtynsky is a focused survey at the Vancouver Art Gallery, featuring photographs the artist produced between 1983 and 2013. This exhibition represents all key bodies of Edward Burtynsky's work, such as early series of homestead and rail line photographs shot in British Columbia in the early 1980s, his documentation of the extraordinary growth and transformation of China in the past decade and a new, groundbreaking international project that is focused on the subject of water.
Photographer Edward Burtynsky and director Jennifer Baichwal give us an inside look into the making of their cinematic feat, Watermark. The documentary was shot using groundbreaking 5K ultra high definition photography and aerial technology and explores mankind's complicated relationship with water, using a diverse set of stories that challenge how easily we take it for granted.
Other Worlds: The Photography of Edward Burtynsky - a film by Simon Brothers
Accepting his 2005 TED Prize, photographer Edward Burtynsky makes a wish: that his images -- stunning landscapes that document humanity's impact on the world -- help persuade millions to join a global conversation on sustainability. Burtynsky presents a riveting slideshow of his photographs, which show vividly how industrial development is altering the Earth's natural landscape. From mountains of tires to rivers of bright orange waste from a nickel mine, his images are simultaneously beautiful and horrifying.

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Solo shows 2019 ANTHROPOCENE- PHOTOGRAPHS BY EDWARD BURTYNSKY, Paul Kuhn Gallery, Calgary 2018 Edward Burtynsky: Anthropocene, Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery, New York Edward Burtynsky: Anthropocene, Howard Greenberg Gallery, New York Edward Burtynsky: The Human Signature, Flowers, London Edward Burtynsky: Anthropocene, Robert Koch Gallery, San Francisco Edward Burtysnky | Selected Works, Robischon Gallery, Denver 2016 Edward Burtynsky: Essential Elements, Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery, New York Edward Burtynsky Essential Elements, Sundaram Tagore Gallery, Central, Hong Kong Edward Burtynsky - Salt Pans / Essential Elements, Flowers, London 2014 EDWARD BURTYNSKY - WATER, SCHEUBLEIN + BAK, Zürich Group shows 2018 Civilization, Flowers, London Aaron Siskind and Edward Burtynsky: Form and Environment, Caviar20 Unexpected Affinities, Robert Koch Gallery, San Francisco Extraordinary Photographs VI, Rosier Gallery, Berkeley Wild Things, Caviar20, Toronto 2017 Excavating, The Front Gallery 2016 Out of Obscurity, Flowers, London 2015 Extraordinary Photographs V, Rosier Gallery, Berkeley BURTYNSKY/ SHAPIRO: Nature Abstracted, Nicholas Metivier Gallery, Toronto 2014 ANNIVERSARY- 3 Years SCHEUBLEIN + BAK, SCHEUBLEIN + BAK, Zürich Awards 2018 Master of Photography, Photo London, London, UK Peace Patron, Mosaic Institute, Toronto, Ontario Honorary Degree, Brock University, St. Catharines, Ontario 2017 Insight + Impact Award, Garrison Institute, Garrison, New York Doctor of Laws, honoris causa, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario 2016 Lifetime Achievement in the Arts, St. Catharines Arts Awards, St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada Governor General’s Awards in Visual and Media Arts 2014 Rogers Best Canadian Film Award, Canadian Screen Awards, Watermark - Best Feature Length Documentary - March 2014 Toronto Film Critics Association, "TFCA Names 'Watermark' Best Canadian Film." January 7. 2013 Honorary Degree - Doctor of Arts degree from Middlebury College, Vermont, USA Honorary Doctoral Degree - University of British Columbia, Canada 2012 Tiffany Mark Award - honors men and women who, through their professional or philanthropic endeavours, make a difference to their community. 2011 National Magazine Awards, Gold Prize: Conceptual Photography, Toronto, Ontario, Canada MOCCA award, Toronto, Ontario, Canada Honorary Degree - Doctor of Laws, Mt. Allison University, Sackville, New Brunswick, Canada Deutscher Fotobuchpreis - Silver Award, Burtynsky: Oil 2010 Kraszna-Krausz Book Award, UK, for Burtynsky: Oil 2009 Prix Pictet, London, UK, Nomination & Short Listed 2008 Planet in Focus Media/Industry Eco-Hero Award Canadian Environment Awards: Ideas for Life Prix Pictet, London, UK, Nomination & Short Listed Deutscher Börse Prize, Nomination, London, UK Ideas for Life Award, Canadian Environment Awards Toronto Friends of the Visual Arts, Achievement Award ICP Infinity Award, Art category, International Center of Photography, New York, NY, USA Deutscher Fotobuchpreis - for Burtynsky: Quarries 2007 Honorary Degree, - Doctor of Laws, Queen’s University, Kingston, Canada Honorary Degree, - Doctor of Fine Arts in Photography Study, Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada Honorary Degree, - Doctor of Fine Arts, Montserrat College of Art, Boston, USA 2006 Officer of the Order of Canada, Rogers Best Documentary Film Award, - Manufactured Landscapes, Jennifer Baichwal and Edward Burtynsky Flying Elephants Foundation Fellowship, 2005 TED Prize, - (inaugural) Monterey, California, USA 2004 The Rencontres d'Arles Outreach Award, Arles, France 2003 Roloff Beny Book Award, Toronto, Ontario, Canada Applied Arts Magazine, - Photographic Book Award Governor General of Canada Delegate, – Circumpolar State Visit to Finland and Iceland Royal Canadian Academy of Arts, – Academician's Honours National Magazine Awards Foundation, – Photojournalism Silver Award