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. He is often credited with reviving and reinvigorating the tradition of landscape photography. 

While the majority of Burtynsky's photographs are taken outdoors, in 2007, he was commissioned by David Mirvish to document the Royal Alexandra in celebration of the theatre's 100-year anniversary. The result was an elegant portfolio featuring 10 images that capture the grandeur and backstory of the historic performing arts venue in Toronto.

Shot with a steep lateral perspective from the audience's point of view, this photograph showcases some of the theatre's most lustrous details including the exclusive mezzanine, the ornate proscenium arch, and the delicate mural that hovers above the stage. 

This series stands out as a remarkable departure for the artist who rarely captures interiors in his work. It is also notable for the smaller format and small edition size. 

Click here and here for other examples from this iconic portfolio. 

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. 

Questions about this piece? Contact us or call +1.416.704.1720. Visit our Toronto gallery on Thursdays or by appointment.

"The Royal Alexandra Theatre Portfolio, 2007‚Ä̬†¬†

Canada, 2007

Chromogenic print

Titled indistinctly, along with other notations, on the verso

Includes a copy of the colophon signed by "Ed Burtynsky" and "David Mirvish"

From an edition of 12

10.5"H 14"W (image)

14"H 17"W (sheet)  

17.75"H 20.5"W (framed)

Very good condition.

Literature: The Royal Alexandra Theatre: A Celebration of 100 Years by Robert Brockhouse (McArthur & Company).

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