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Edward Burtynsky

Coal SteelIs a photographer who documents industrial landscapes: “Nature transformed through industry is a predominant theme in my work. I set course to intersect with a contemporary view of the great ages of man; from stone, to minerals, oil, transportation, silicon, and so on. To make these ideas visible I search for subjects that are rich in detail and scale yet open in their meaning. Recycling yards, mine tailings, quarries and refineries are all places that are outside of our normal experience, yet we partake of their output on a daily basis.”

It is difficult to put these impressions in pictures, but he manages perfectly to set the angles for coal and marble mines, rusting ships, steel manufacturing or cities that become victim to the biggest construction on earth: The three Gorges dam in China. Check out his works on his site edwardburtynsky.com. He recently did a movie, too, view the trailer to manufactured landscapes.

And he is concsious about the dilemma he documents with his pictures: Growth and better life for mankind and destruction of nature are two sides of the same thing. That’s why he engages in Worldchanging.com. You should have a look.


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