Edward Burtynsky, Who Captures Fact of Environmental Disaster, Recognized for “Outstanding Contribution to Photography”

Yoshiko Yap


Canadian photographer Edward Burtynsky received higher honors right now, November 24, acknowledged for his “Outstanding Contribution to Photography” by the Entire world Images Organisation’s 2022 Sony Earth Images Awards. Burtynsky’s function captures vast-angle sights of industrial procedures and waste and their interactions with all-natural ecosystems. In excess of decades, his do the job has examined the complicated method of useful resource extraction, use, and disposal, revealing its impression in vivid depth. His pictures mix complex talent with sweeping scale and skilled composition, working with aesthetic question to twist the knife of abject environmental injury.

Edward Burtynsky, “Salt Pans #18, Small Rann of Kutch, Gujarat, India” (2016)

Some of Burtynsky’s substantial-scale prints will be introduced as aspect of the Sony Globe Images Awards 2022 exhibition at Somerset House, London, from April 15 by means of Might 2, 2022. This handful of images, selected by the artist, skims the surface area of a prodigious 40-yr pictures profession for which he is internationally regarded. Amid these are photographs from the some of his greatest-regarded collection, including Anthropocene (2018) and Oil (2009), as effectively as previews from the forthcoming series Africa (2022). Other tasks represented in the exhibition include Salt Pans (2016), H2o (2013), and Railcut (1985).

“I am extremely thrilled to accept this award,” said Burtynsky in a push launch asserting the celebration. “My operate about the past 40 many years has presented me the privilege to see the planet, recognize the challenges that we are going through, and bear witness to it all with my camera. The different photographs in this exhibition are finest seen as a single entire body of get the job done collectively they are a lament to the decline of character. There is a dynamism to each image — they make it possible for the viewer to go up close and unpack factors, to recognize the scale, and really dig in.”

Edward Burtynsky, “Saw Mills #2, Lagos, Nigeria” (2016)

In getting this award, Burtynsky joins an extraordinary cohort of previous Superb Contribution to Photography honorees as obtaining made a significant affect on the photographic medium. The elite group of 15 (such as Burtynsky) features William Eggleston, Mary Ellen Mark, Martin Parr, Candida Höfer, Nadav Kander, Gerhard Steidl, and Graciela Iturbide. The over-all winners in the College student, Youth, Open, and Skilled levels of competition of the Sony Environment Photography Awards 2022 will be declared on April 14, 2022.

Participatory photography aims to counter the pitfalls of images as an exploitative or voyeuristic medium.


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