Edward Burtynsky


Edward Burtynsky is one of Canada’s most internationally renowned photographers.

For nearly a decade (1999-2008) Burtynsky focused on his "Oil" series which depicted the production and consequences of the global oil market in four countries: China, USA, Canada and Azerbaijan.

The series was widely exhibited, Steidl published a book in 2005 from the series, and many of the images, such as this one, have become icons of Burtynsky's oeuvre.

This is one of the best-know images from Burtynsky’s “Oil Fields” series. Burtynsky choose to explore oil production as a subject in order to break down the attachment of freedom to the invention of automobiles.

Through beautifully rendering images of oil production such as this one, Burtynsky seeks to assert that this freedom is hinged upon our own self-inflicted environmental demise, and is therefore not actually freedom at all.

Despite the commentary on society and environmental capitalization, the image is incredibly beautiful with its sober palette, geometric composition and curious industrial elegance.

Burtynsky's work is represented in over 50 museum collections including The National Gallery of Canada, The Guggenheim, Victoria and Albert Museum, London and Bibliothèque National, Paris to mention a few.

“SOCAR Oil Fields #3, Baku, Azerbaijan, 2006”

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Digital Chromogenic Color Print, Edition 9/15

Framed with museum glass

Signed by the artist on label verso.

16”W  20H” (image)

24”W  28”H (framed)

Excellent condition

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