EDWARD BURTYNSKY "DRYLAND FARMING #13, SPAIN, 2010"
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 incredibly detailed images documenting the processes and consequences of using the earth's natural resources. His images present a bizarre tension between beauty and desecration. The photographs present unbelievable aerial views with a level of detail normally impossible for the human eye to comprehend.
This work, taken from Burtynsky's Dryland Farming series, depicts the arid agricultural region of Mongeros, Spain. This region is sparsely populated and prone to droughts and high winds. The title refers to the complex technique used in dry areas to cultivate crops with limited moisture and irrigation.
Images from this series showcase the vast expanse of farmland with winding rows and gridlike patterns. While the image documents the way human intervention has transformed a landscape, the overall image has a fascinating form with a rich palette and texture.
Dryland Farming is a series within a larger body of work titled Water. Water explores Burtynsky's career-long fascination with the visual and physical effects lack of water can have on the environment. Notably, water itself is often completely absent from the images in this body of work.
Burtynsky's work can be found in the permanent collection of many museums, including the National Gallery of Canada, the Guggenheim, The MoMA and the Tate Modern.
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"Dryland Farming #13, Monegros County, Aragon, Spain"
Signed in ink, printed title, number, and date on artist label verso
From an edition of 9
52"W 39"H (work)
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