Artist of the moment…..photographer Edward Burtynsky

Edward Burtynsky was born in Saint Catherines, Ontario, Canada in the year 1955. For his collegiate studies Burtynsky attended Niagara College located in Welland, Ontario. The artist graduated with a degree in photographic arts from Ryerson College located in Toronto, Ontario. Burtynsky enjoys shooting landscapes that have been altered and/or transformed my humans over time. This could be a mine that is no longer operational, an oil spill, or even the abstract patterns made on irrigated land when shot from overhead looking down. These works are similar to crop circles and very intriguing for their basic geometric shapes.

As a youngster Burtynsky lived near a General Motors plant that he enjoyed shooting. As a result the artist enjoys taking shots of how industry has changed the landscape. In this clip we check out a series dealing with oil:

A great documentary featuring works from Burtynsky:

The artist can concentrate on modern activities such as an oil spill, shooting the famous spill that took place in off the Gulf of Mexico in 2010.

The artist works with a large format camera and tries to shoot from platforms or something that will elevate him high above his subject matter.

The artist is based out of Toronto, Ontario.

This clip shows the artist working in China using a radio controlled helicopter that has the artist’s camera attached to it. Very interesting!

Burtynsky is included in the Museum of Modern Art located in New York City.

Here we look at a great documentary that uses many images by Burtynsky that has to do with water. How we use it and how every is affected by it. It comes out October 11, 2013:

What a great photographer who is using his medium to bring awareness to how we as humans alter so many things.

Price range information:  Works range from $10,000 to $50,000.

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