Edward Burtynsky - PHOTOGRAPHS London Tuesday, November 2, 2010 | Phillips
  • Provenance

    Robert Koch Gallery, San Francisco

  • Literature

    Manufactured Landscapes: The Photographs of Edward Burtynsky, New Haven & London: Yale University Press, 2003, pl. 85

  • 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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Rock of Ages #17, Abandoned Granite Section, Adam-Pirie Quarry, Barre, Vermont

Colour coupler print, printed 1998.
45.1 x 55.9 cm (17 3/4 x 22 in).
Signed in ink, printed title, date, and number 5/15 on a label affixed to the reverse of the mount. One from an edition of 15 plus 2 artist's proofs.

£5,000 - 7,000 

Sold for £7,500


3 November 2010