Artworks and Artists
Edward Burtynsky
Born in St. Catharines, Ontario, 22 February 1955

Edward Burtynsky

Edward Burtynsky is an important figure in contemporary Canadian photography. He grew up in and around heavy industry in southern Ontario. While still a student, he took jobs at the General Motors plant and a gold mine. In 1982 he graduated from Ryerson Polytechnical Institute in Toronto with a degree in Photographic Arts. Since that time, Burtynsky has photographed the industrial landscape. His subjects include mines, quarries, tailing ponds, recycling yards, oil fields, and refineries. Together they illustrate the cycle of extraction, consumption and recycling that fascinates Burtynsky. He does not celebrate or condemn industry. He looks instead at "how we interact with the resources that nature has provided us.? Burtynsky's photographs are full-colour, large-scale, and exquisitely detailed. They are printed to exacting standards at Toronto Image Works, the training centre, darkroom rental facility, custom lab and digital imaging centre that he founded in 1985.