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Acclaimed Canadian photographer Edward Burtynsky (b. 1955) chronicles the human impact on nature in disarmingly beautiful images of natural and industrial landscapes around the globe. Shot from up to 7,000 feet above, Burtynsky’s painterly, often abstract images bring the scale of environmental devastation into perspective.


Burtynsky began photographing nature in the early 1980s. These early works were intimate explorations of Canada’s unspoiled landscapes. By the late 1980s, however, he turned away from the quickly disappearing natural terrain. He realized this was the world that we were losing not the one we were to inherit. Instead, he reflected on his own experience working in the mining and automobile industries. Gradually he began to investigate industrial incursions into land with arresting results.


He is represented in the collections of more than 80 museums worldwide, including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Museum of Modern Art and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; Reina Sofia Museum, Madrid; Tate Modern, London; and the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa.
BURTYNSKY: Abstraction/Extraction, the largest exhibition of his work to date, is on view at Saatchi Gallery, London, until May 6, 2024. Notable exhibitions include Anthropocene (2018) at the Art Gallery of Ontario and the National Gallery of Canada (international touring exhibition); Water (2013) at the New Orleans Museum of Art and Contemporary Arts Center, Louisiana (international touring exhibition); Oil (2009) at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. (five-year international touring show), China (toured 2005 – 2008); Manufactured Landscapes at the National Gallery of Canada (toured 2003 – 2005); and Breaking Ground produced by the Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography (toured 1988 – 1992).
Honors include the inaugural TED Prize, the Governor General’s Award in Visual Media Arts, The Outreach award at the Rencontres d’Arles, the Roloff Beny Book award and the Rogers Best Canadian Film Award. In 2020, Burtynsky was awarded a Royal Photographic Society Honorary Fellowship and in 2022, he was honored with the Outstanding Contribution to Photography Award by the World Photography Organization. Most recently he was inducted into the International Photography Hall of Fame and was named the 2022 recipient for the annual Pollution Probe Award. He lives and works in Toronto.

Work by Edward Burtynsky on View at Saatchi Gallery, London
Work by Edward Burtynsky on View at Saatchi Gallery, London

BURTYNSKY: Extraction/Abstraction is the largest exhibition to date of Edward Burtynsky's work.


Curated by Marc Mayer, former director of the National Gallery of Canada and Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, the exhibition features ninety-four large-format photographs as well as thirteen high-resolution murals, and an augmented reality experience. On view February 14 – May 6, 2024.


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A  Conversation with Edward Burtynsky and Sir Simon Schama
A Conversation with Edward Burtynsky and Sir Simon Schama

As part of Saatchi Gallery’s major exhibition BURTYNSKY: Extraction/Abstraction, photographer Edward Burtynsky will be joined by art historian Sir Simon Schama for a discussion February 15, 2024, on the power of art to address the urgent issues of our times. Limited tickets are available.


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Thames & Hudson has just published Edward Burtynsky: Essential Elements, a lavish overview of the photographer’s groundbreaking work across four decades, including 140 photographs of both iconic and previously unpublished images. Edited and curated by William A. Ewing, it presents Burtynsky’s oeuvre in five free-flowing sections that provide a sense of both his visual language and his exploration of the dilemmas at the heart of our globalized world. 

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