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  • Provenance

    Phillips de Pury & Company, London, 8 November 2012, lot 134

  • Literature

    Burtynsky – China, Steidl, 2005, p. 75

  • 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 #18, Qili Port, Zhejiang Province, China

2005
Chromogenic print, mounted.
124.5 x 99 cm (49 x 38 7/8 in) Overall 151 x 125.5 cm (59 1/2 x 49 3/8 in.)
Signed in ink, printed title, date and number 4/9 on an artist's label affixed to the reverse of the frame.

Estimate
£8,000 - 12,000 

Sold for £17,500

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Photographs

London Auction 6 November 2015 2pm