Edward Burtynsky’s most recent series ‘Water’ follows previous projects such as 'Oil', 'China' and 'Quarries' in its exploration of a broad theme through a series of connected chapters or locations. With 'Water', we are often presented with an aerial perspective, creating a unique abstraction and painterly quality in the work. Burtynsky chronicles how human interference is depleting the earth's most precious resources, leading to devastated landscapes that are polluted, manipulated and exhausted. It is the most recent installment in the artist's on-going investigation into the continually compromised environment.
Edward Burtynsky is one of Canada's most respected photographers. His photographic depictions of global industrial landscapes are included in the collections of over fifty major museums around the world, including the National Gallery of Canada, the Bibliotèque Nationale in Paris, the Museum of Modern Art and the Guggenheim Museum in New York.
Edward Burtynsky has received many honours including The Kraszna-Krausz Book Award, The MOCCA award, TED Prize, The Order of Canada, the Outreach Award at the Recontres d'Arles, The Flying Elephant Fellowship, Applied Arts Magazine book awards, and the Roloff Beny Book Award. The artist holds Honorary Doctorates from Queen's University, Ryerson University and Montserrat College of Art. Burtynsky is also the subject of the award-winning film Manufactured Landscapes (2006), directed by Jennifer Baichwal.