Man and Earth. Lights and Shadows

Since the beginning of his thirty-years career, the artist Edward Burtynsky (St. Catharines, Ontario – Canada, 1955), has always centered his objective in the effects of human intervention on nature and, in particular, on the insolent industrialization of landscapes. His imagery explores the intricate link between industry and nature, combining the raw elements of mining, quarrying, manufacturing, shipping, oil production and recycling into eloquent, highly expressive visions that find beauty and humanity in the most unlikely of places. These images are meant as metaphors to the dilemma of our modern existence: our dependence on nature to provide the materials for our consumption on one side, and our concern for the health of our planet, on the other. The work of Edward Burtynsky shows us, in a surprising and poetic way, the relationship between the humans and the environment, two elements which will always be intertwined, since neither would exist without the other.

All images © Edward Burtynsky, courtesy Flowers, London & Nicholas Metivier, Toronto

number of works 30 color photographs
print sizes various sizes, from 80x100 cm to 120x150 cm
frames various sizes, black wood with plexi
catalogue Edward Burtynsky. L’uomo e la terra. Luci e ombre, Admira Edizioni, 2011, Italian, 104 pages
curator Enrica Viganò