Edward Burtynsky was born in St. Catharines, Ontario in 1955. He studied at the Ryerson Polytechnic Institute, where he graduated from the Photographic Arts / Media Studies program with a Bachelor of Applied Arts, and at Niagara College, where he obtained a diploma in graphic arts.
His works are housed in over fifty museums worldwide, numerous corporate collections, and books. (Wikipedia)
Burtynsky’s images are intriguing in many ways. He captures the price we pay for our industrialized planet and yet somehow makes it beautiful. That’s what I find so interesting about his work. To find and convey the beauty in a strip mined mountain or a pile of dismantled oil tankers is what really sets Edward Burtynsky among the elite of modern day photographers.
“Burtynsky calls his images ‘a second look at the scale of what we call progress,’ and hopes that [they] acquaint viewers with the ramifications of our lifestyle.” –Washington Post
Here are some examples of his amazing work. Enjoy!
Make sure and visit Edward Burtynsky’s website at http://www.edwardburtynsky.com