For over two decades, Burtynsky has produced seductive yet troubling images that chronicle humankind's ever larger impact on the environment. Creating a balance between sober sociological reportage and a sublimely powerful abstract aesthetic, these eerie and oftentimes disorienting images confront our assumptions about necessity and beauty.
Born in St. Catharines, Ontario in 1955, Edward Burtynsky graduated from Ryerson Polytechnical University in Toronto with a B.A. in Photographic Arts. His work is the subject of a mid-career retrospective, with catalog, "Manufactured Landscapes: The Photography of Edward Burtynsky," originating at the National Gallery of Ottawa, Ontario (2003) and traveling to the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto and Brooklyn Museum of Art, New York. Burtynsky's work is in many prestigious collections including those of The Museum of Modern Art, New York; Guggenheim Museum, New York; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; George Eastman House, New York; National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas.