Born in the great Canadian prairies, Edward Burtynsky very quickly understood the need to look at the impact of industrial development in a different way. His photography systematically embraces vast spaces even when he is shooting the interior of a Chinese factory. He describes these immense expanses as beautiful and repellent. Beautiful for the new geometries carved out by man, the graphic tension between landscapes sculpted for centuries by agriculture using limited, and therefore delicate means, and the brutality of modern machinery. Repellent, because they evoke irreversibility, imbalance, depletion, and pollution. While white, red and green create a strong aesthetic impact in an image, they are...
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