Edward Burtynsky "Phosphor Tailings Ponds #2" Photograph, 2012
Edward Burtynsky is known as one of Canada's most respected photographers. His remarkable photographic depictions of global industrial landscapes are included in the collections of over sixty major museums around the world, including the National Gallery of Canada, the Museum of Modern Art, the Guggenheim Museum in New York, the Reina Sofia Museum in Madrid, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in California.
Burtynsky was born in 1955 of Ukrainian heritage in St. Catharines, Ontario. He received his BAA in Photography/ Media Studies from Ryerson University in 1982, and in 1985 founded Toronto Image Works, a darkroom rental facility, custom photo laboratory, digital imaging and new media computer-training centre catering to all levels of Toronto's art community.
Phosphor Tailings Ponds #2 is a stunning piece from Burtynksy's Watermark series, which calls into question the industrialization of the modern world and its consequences on the vital element.
Watermark is also an award-winning documentary film directed by Jennifer Baichwal. The film follows Burtynsky as he travels the world, mostly capturing the effects of global industry and its aftermath on the environment. Both beautiful and disturbing, Watermark is an epic view of the modern world's effect on water.
"Water is the reason we can say its name." Edward Burtynsky