Edward Burtynsky



Edward Burtynsky (b. 1955) is one of Canada's most successful photographers.

A noted filmmaker, entrepreneur, and environmental advocate, Burtynsky is known internationally for his images documenting the consequences of industry on the environment.

Burtynsky captures the extreme and fascinating evidence of global industrial change. His images present a tension between beauty and desecration. His best work offers unbelievable landscapes, including a level of detail normally impossible for the human eye to comprehend.

This work, taken from Burtynsky's 2002 "China" series, documents the massive geographical transformation required to created the Three-Gorge Dam project. The dam was created to control flooding along the Yangtze River but consequently lead to nearly 632 square kilometers of land being completely submerged by the newly created reservoir.

To accommodate the project, over a million people were forced to resettle and vast areas of fertile soil, forests, and ecosystems were forced underwater.

"Dam #1" showcases the progress of the Three-Gorge Dam project in China. The desolate construction site hovers above the water's surface, supported by a made-made barrier in the turquoise water. A dreary, ominous haze fills the background of the image, setting the tone for this melancholic scene. Like the best of Burtynsky's work there is something both menacing and reverential in the depicting this epic engineering project. 

Today, Edward Burtynsky's work can be found in over 50 museum collections, including the National Gallery of Canada, the Guggenheim, The MoMA, and the Tate Modern.

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"Dam #1, Yengtze River, China"

Canada, 2002

Giclée print, on paper with deckled edges

Signed and numbered by the artist

From an edition of 100

12"H 14.75"W (sheet)

15"H 18"W (framed) 

Newly framed with museum glass

Very good condition.

Note: although this is from an edition of 100, the last 50 examples from this edition have an entirely different image. 

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