Edward Burtynsky - Photographs New York Wednesday, October 11, 2023 | Phillips
  • Provenance

    Charles Cowles Gallery, New York

  • Artist Biography

    Edward Burtynsky

    Canadian • 1955

    Universally termed 'industrial landscapes', Edward Burtynsky's photographs are rooted in the complex, symbiotic and, at times, destructive relationship we have with the earth. In depicting his subjects, Burtynsky balances an exacting, documentarian objectivity with a breathtakingly finessed beauty. His oversized works, whose subjects include quarries in Vermont, shipyards in China and oil refineries in Canada, have a sense of grandiosity and monumentality. There is an initial visual appeal of vibrant colors, details and scale; however, on closer inspection, the environmental dilemma unfolds. They are introspective and meditative, capturing a 'contemplative moment' where landscapes provide visual and emotional resonance.

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Shipbreaking #50, Chittagong, Bangladesh

Chromogenic print.
22 3/8 x 44 3/4 in. (56.8 x 113.7 cm)
Overall 34 1/2 x 56 1/2 in. (87.6 x 143.5 cm)

Signed in ink, printed title, date, and number 9/10 on an artist's label affixed to the reverse of the mount.

$6,000 - 8,000 

Sold for $24,130

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New York Auction 11 October 2023