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 large-scale images documenting the interaction of industry and natural resources.

Through photography, he charts geological and social histories through periods of global industrial change. His images present tension between beauty and desecration. 

The landscape photographs document aerial views with incredible detail and monumental perspectives beyond the human eye. Abandoned Marble Quarry is taken from Burtynsky’s acclaimed body of work titled Quarries and documents a site in Vermont in 1991. In this exceptional image, we can grasp a sense of scale by spotting the young child positioned at the top right corner of the quarry.  

This work documents the human intervention that has transformed a landscape with a wealth of detail, allowing us to see clearly the vibrant yellow and orange palette of the autumn landscape. The cracked, fragmented and abandoned terrain is a prime example of Burtynsky's career-long fascination with the visual and physical effects of a lack of water.

‚Äč‚ÄčBurtynsky was so taken with the patina of the abandoned quarries and the resurgence of nature on their grounds that he later traveled to India, China, and Portugal to continue the series.¬†

Burtynsky wrote of his experience: ‚ÄúThe surface of the rock-face would simultaneously reveal the process of its own creation, as well as display the techniques of the quarrymen‚ÄĚ.

While the image documents environmental exploitation, it is simultaneously seductive in its rich texture and graphic composition. This dialogue between allure and devastation is at the center of his photographic output.

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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Edward Burtynsky ‚ÄĚAbandoned Marble Quarry" Rutland, Vermont¬†

1991, Canada

Digital Chromogenic Color Print

Signed and editioned by the artist.

From an edition of 5 

20.5"H 24.5"W (framed)

Excellent Condition 

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