Burtynsky - China: The Photographs of Edward Burtynsky (英語) ハードカバー – 2006/1/15
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Edward Burtynsky's imagery explores the intricate link between industry and nature, combining the raw elements of mining, quarrying, shipping, oil production and recycling into eloquent, highly expressive visions that find beauty and humanity in the most unlikely of places. These images are metaphors for the dilemma of our modern existence: we are drawn by desire - the chance at good living, to have all creature comforts - yet we all know that the world is suffering to meet those demands. Our dependence on nature to provide the materials for our consumption and our concern for the health of our planet sets us into an uneasy contradiction and feeds the dialogue in Burtynsky's images between attraction and repulsion, seduction and fear. Burtysnky's latest body of work gives visual form to the industrial and urban transformation of China, a place where industrial forces are gathering on a scale that the world has never experienced before. If the earth's resources were under siege through western colonialism and technological progress, then China is on the brink of a tsunami that is only just forming and is nowhere close to expressing its full impact.
Edward Burtynsky was born in 1955 of Ukrainian heritage at St. Catharines, Ontario. He links his early exposure to the General Motors plant in his hometown to the development of his photographic work. His remarkable photographic depictions of global industrial landscapes are included in the collections of 15 major museums around the world, including the National Gallery of Canada, the Bibliotheque National in Paris, the Museum of Modern Art, New York, and the Guggenheim Museum in New York.
I was introduced to this photographer by fellow large format shooter, Tom Paiva, who is understandably inspired by Burtynsky; Tom shoots industrial subjects at night. I have this book and "Manufactured Landscapes", both of which contributed the still images to the *most excellent* DVD, "Manufactured Landscapes". If you like the book, get the DVD!