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 consequences of industry on the environment.

Using photography, he documents the extreme and fascinating evidence of global industrial change. His images present a tension between beauty and desecration. His best work offers unbelievable landscapes which include a level of detail normally impossible for the human eye to comprehend.

This work, taken from Burtynsky's celebrated "Mines and Tailings" series, depicts a menacing body of molten-orange liquid that sprawls and meanders through a dreary and barren landscape. 

Simultaneously intriguing, disturbing, and hauntingly beautiful, "Nickel Tailings #32 Sudbury, Ontario" presents us with a confronting reality. We are faced with the irreversible consequences and aftermath of mining projects that extract nickel and other valuable metals from the ore.

Throughout Burtynsky's career, he has traveled to some of the most remote corners of the earth to document how natural resources are extracted from the earth. However, Burtynsky has only published limited images of Canada, although his own country's economy is highly dependent on natural resources. His work from Sudbury (which is about 250 miles North of Toronto) is one of his most iconic and sought-after series, both in Canada and internationally. It should come as no surprise that his auction record, $100,000 USD, is a similar image of Nickel Tailings. 

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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"Nickel Tailings #32 Sudbury, Ontario"

Canada, 1996

Color negative on Kodak professional paper

Signed and numbered by the artist on label verso 

From an edition of 10

39"H 55"W (work)

49.5"H 69.5"W (framed) 

Framed with new museum glass

Very good condition.

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