Edward Burtynsky - Photographs London Friday, May 15, 2009 | Phillips
  • Provenance

    Acquired directly from the artist

  • Exhibited

    Manufactured Landscapes: The Photographs of Edward Burtynsky, Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn,  7 Oct 2005 - 15 Jan 2006 (another example exhibited)

  • Literature

    Steidl, China: The Photographs of Edward Burtynsky, 2005, p. 70; C. Diehl, 'The Toxic Sublime', Art in America Magazine, February 2006, p. 118

  • 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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Shipyard #13, Qili Port, Zhejiang Province, China

Digital colour coupler print.
86.4 x 68.6 cm. (34 x 27 in).
Signed in ink, printed title, date and number 8/10 on a label affixed to the reverse of the mount.

£7,000 - 9,000 

Sold for £8,125


16 May 2009, 3pm