Edward Burtynsky - Photographs London Thursday, May 20, 2021 | Phillips
  • Provenance

    Flowers Gallery, London

  • Literature

    Burtynsky: China, Göttingen: Steidl, 2005, pp. 100-101

  • 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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Manufacturing #10a & #10b, Cankun Factory, Xiamen City, China

Chromogenic print diptych, mounted.
Each image: 102.2 x 127.6 cm (40 1/4 x 50 1/4 in.)
Each frame: 110 x 135 cm (43 1/4 x 53 1/8 in.)

Signed in ink, printed title, date and number 7/9 on an artist label accompanying the work.

£15,000 - 20,000 

Sold for £18,900

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London Auction 20 May 2021