EDWARD BURTYNSKY "OIL FIELDS #27, TEXAS" 2004
Edward Burtynsky (b. 1955) is Canada's most successful photographer.
A noted filmmaker, entrepreneur and environmental advocate, Burtynsky is known internationally for his large scale images documenting the consequences and process of using the earth's natural resources.
His images, which at times approach abstraction, present a bizarre tension between beauty and desecration.
Many works, and this is an exceptional example, show unbelievable aerial views and are presented with a level of detail normally impossible for the human eye to comprehend.
In this photograph, the rich, dark shadows cast under the Texan sunset reveals a beautiful yet haunting, painterly landscape that evokes an alien terrain like Mars.
While the image documents the environmental exploitation, the overall work has an incredible form and rich palette and texture.
Burtynsky's work can be found in the permanent collection of countless museums including the National Gallery of Canada, the Guggenheim, TATE Modern (London) and MoMA to mention a few.
"Oil Fields #27, Texas City, Texas" 2004, from the series Oil Refineries/ Fields
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