EDWARD BURTYNSKY "DRYLAND FARMING #7, 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 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.
Dryland Farming #7, a series within a larger body of work titled Water, depicts the arid agricultural region of Monegros, 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. The images he made there have been called “his most abstract and painterly work to date”.
The acclaimed and ambitious series elevated his practice to new heights as he visited nine countries between 2007 and 2013 to explore the vital relationship between humans and water. The Water series depicts religious and cultural traditions, the realities of climate change, and the urgency of resource depletion.
This exceptional image documents the human intervention that has transformed a landscape with a wealth of detail, allowing us to see clearly the painterly patterns of the purple white, and brown semi-desert landscape.
The fragmented and abandoned terrain is a prime example of Burtynsky's career-long fascination with the visual and physical realities of extreme climatic conditions.
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.
Sources: Nicholas Metiver Gallery, Toronto, CA https://metiviergallery.com/
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Edward Burtynsky ”Dryland Farming #7” Monegros County, Aragon, Spain 2010
Digital Chromogenic Color Print
Signed and editioned by the artist.
From an edition of 15
12"H 16"W (sheet)
16"W 21"H (substrate)
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