• Edward Burtynsky, Rainforest #1, Olympic National Park, Washington, USA, 2024

    Edward Burtynsky

    Rainforest #1, Olympic National Park, Washington, USA, 2024
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  • Following Burtynsky’s acclaimed retrospective, BURTYNSKY: Extraction/Abstraction, at Saatchi Gallery in London, UK, Rare Earth celebrates this major milestone in Burtynsky’s 40+ career with newly released photographs from projects completed in recent years.
     
    The selection of new works from around the globe contemplates the intersection of nature and industry, capturing both the beauty as well as the environmental consequences of human industrial activities. The specific themes examined are the receding glaciers in Coast Mountains, British Columbia; soil erosion in Türkiye; rare earth mining at MP Materials in California, and coal mining at the Ravensworth Mine in the Hunter Valley, New South Wales, in Australia. 
     
    As a special component to the exhibition, Burtynsky has released new photographs of glacial runoff in Iceland. Originally taken in 2012 for his groundbreaking series and internationally touring exhibition, Water (2013), these stunning, abstract images have never been seen before. 
  • Edward Burtynsky, Coast Mountains #16, British Columbia, Canada, 2023

    Edward Burtynsky

    Coast Mountains #16, British Columbia, Canada, 2023
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  • Edward Burtynsky, Coast Mountains #15, Receding Glacier, British Columbia, Canada, 2023

    Edward Burtynsky

    Coast Mountains #15, Receding Glacier, British Columbia, Canada, 2023
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  • Edward Burtynsky, Coast Mountains #7, British Columbia, Canada, 2023

    Edward Burtynsky

    Coast Mountains #7, British Columbia, Canada, 2023
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  • At the centre of this exhibition are Burtynsky’s spectacular Coast Mountains photographs. Shooting from a helicopter, Burtynsky captures the pristine grandeur of the mountains while simultaneously lamenting the issue of glacier retreat which has been accelerated by global warming. The sublime qualities of these photographs draw parallels with Ansel Adams whose work has been shown in curatorial context with Burtynskys’, including at the McMichael Collection of Canadian Art.
  • Edward Burtynsky, Ölfusá River #2, Southern Region, Iceland, 2012

    Edward Burtynsky

    Ölfusá River #2, Southern Region, Iceland, 2012
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  • Edward Burtynsky, Thjorsá River #2, Southern Region, Iceland, 2012

    Edward Burtynsky

    Thjorsá River #2, Southern Region, Iceland, 2012
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  • "In this work I am to shed light upon the interface between man and nature. I’m interested in exploitation (not necessarily in a negative sense)... My loose position is that our methods have alienated us from our environment and we must be careful with our treatment of it. I also find beauty in the wasteland." 
     
    - Excerpt from Edward Burtynsky’s journal dated October 3, 1983
    On display at Saatchi Gallery in London, UK
  • Edward Burtynsky, MP Materials #6, Mountain Pass Mine, Mountain Pass, California, USA, 2023

    Edward Burtynsky

    MP Materials #6, Mountain Pass Mine, Mountain Pass, California, USA, 2023
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  • Edward Burtynsky, Coal Terminal #1, Kooragang Coal Terminal, Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia, 2022

    Edward Burtynsky

    Coal Terminal #1, Kooragang Coal Terminal, Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia, 2022
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  • Mining, a major through-line in Burtynsky’s practice, is represented in Rare Earth with two sites that were chosen for their size and specialised practices. The Kooragang Coal Terminal in New South Wales, Australia is the largest coal terminal in the world, with most of its exports shipped offshore to China. MP Materials in California is the largest rare earth facility in North America. The term ‘rare earth’ refers to any of the 17 scarce chemical elements being mined to make various new technologies possible, such as electric cars, headphones and solar panels. These elements, and the techniques we use to acquire them, have been an interest of Burtynsky’s since the 1980s. 
     
  • Edward Burtynsky, Salt Lakes #3, South-West Tuz Lake, Gölyazı, Konya, Türkiye, 2022

    Edward Burtynsky

    Salt Lakes #3, South-West Tuz Lake, Gölyazı, Konya, Türkiye, 2022
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  • Edward Burtynsky, Erosion #4, Nallıhan, Ankara Province, Türkiye, 2022

    Edward Burtynsky

    Erosion #4, Nallıhan, Ankara Province, Türkiye, 2022
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  • ARTIST BIO Edward Burtynsky is regarded as one of the world’s most accomplished contemporary photographers. The predominant theme in his...
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    ARTIST BIO

     

    Edward Burtynsky is regarded as one of the world’s most accomplished contemporary photographers. The predominant theme in his work is nature transformed through industry and he has documented some of the most poignant examples of this around the world. Often using an aerial vantage point, his large-scale photographs are rich in detail and vast in scale, sometimes verging on the appearance of painterly abstractions. Burtynsky works on each project for several years before it is released. Major projects include Quarries, Oil, Water, Anthropocene and African Studies.

     

    Edward Burtynsky was born in St. Catharines, Ontario in 1955 and is based in Toronto. His photographs are included in the collections of over sixty major museums around the world, including the National Gallery of Canada; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Reina Sofia Museum, Madrid; the Tate Modern, London and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, California. Exhibitions include Anthropocene (2018) at the Art Gallery of Ontario and the National Gallery of Canada (international touring exhibition); Water (2013) at the New Orleans Museum of Art & Contemporary Art Center, New Orleans, (international touring exhibition) and Oil (2009) at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington D.C. (touring 2009-2014). Awards and distinctions include the TED Prize, the Governor General’s Awards in Visual and Media Arts, The Outreach award at the Rencontres d’Arles, the Roloff Beny Book award, and the Rogers Best Canadian Film Award. In 2006 Burtynsky was awarded the title of Officer of the Order of Canada and in 2008 he was awarded the ICP Infinity Award for Art. In 2020 he was awarded a Royal Photographic Society Honorary Fellowship and in 2022 was honoured with the Outstanding Contribution to Photography Award by the World Photography Organization. Most recently Burtynsky was inducted into the International Photography Hall of Fame and was named the 2022 recipient for the annual Pollution Probe Award. In February 2024, Burtynsky: Extraction/Abstraction, a major retrospective of the photographer’s career, opened at the Saatchi Gallery in London, UK.