Edward Burtynsky (b. 1955)
The photography of Edward Burtynsky chronicles the costly environmental tolls of industrialization. Influenced in equal measure by the photography of Ansel Adams and the factories of his hometown in Ontario, Burtynsky’s landscapes are both marred and monumentalized by manufacturing. He captures the ominous, unlikely beauty of rusting refineries, abandoned shipping containers and urban sprawl. An advocate for sustainability, he is a recipient of the TED Prize and an Officer of the Order of Canada. His exhibitions tour internationally, and his photographs appear in the collections of more than fifty major museums, including the National Gallery of Canada, the Bibliotèque Nationale in Paris and the Guggenheim in New York City.