Edward Burtynsky (born February 22, 1955) is a Canadian photographer and artist known for his large format photographs of industrial landscapes.Burtynsky was born in St. Catharines, Ontario. When he was 11, his father purchased a darkroom, including cameras and instruction manuals. With his father, Burtynsky learned how to make black and white prints and together with his older sister established a small business taking portraits. In the early 1970s, Burtynsky found work in printing and he started night classes in photography, later enrolling at the Ryerson Polytechnical Institute.
From the mid-1970s to early 1980s, Burtynsky formally studied graphic arts and photography. He obtained a diploma in graphic arts from Niagara College in Welland, Ontario, in 1976, and a BAA in Photographic Arts from Ryerson Polytechnical Institute in Toronto, Ontario, in 1982.
Most of Burtynsky’s exhibited photography was taken with a large format, field camera, on large 4×5-inch sheet film. Burtynsky’s most famous photographs are sweeping views of landscapes altered by industry: mine tailings, quarries, scrap piles. He has made several excursions to China to photograph that country’s industrial emergence. More on Edward Burtynsky
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