Edward Burtynsky - PHOTOGRAPHS London Wednesday, May 19, 2010 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Acquired directly from the artist

  • Exhibited

    Washington DC, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Edward Burtynsky: Oil, 3 October – 13 December 2009 (another example exhibited)

  • Literature

    Manufactured Landscapes: The Photographs of Edward Burtynsky, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa & Yale University Press: London, 2003, p. 41; Edward Burtynsky: Oil, Steidl: Göttingen, 2009, p. 154

  • 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 #2, Chittagong, Bangladesh

Colour coupler print, printed 2001.
86.4 x 68.6 cm (34 x 27 in).
Signed in ink, printed title, date and number 1/10 on a label affixed to the reverse of the mount.

£7,000 - 9,000 

Sold for £8,750


20 May 2010