Once, 93% of Europe was covered in thick forests. Slowly, agricultural and industrial progress made it’s way into the wild. The trend is very well continued. Former landscapes are making way for new ones, and Edward Burtynsky, a Canadian photographer, is showing us what that shift looks like. In various landscapes Industry has reshaped, from vast quarries to a river of lava-like waste from a nickel mine, he finds striking ambivalence in what is environmentally ugly, but undoubtedly beautiful in the artist’s eye. Perhaps it’s this uncommon beauty that can serve as a certain, far-fetched justification for the immense exploitation witnessed.
“Manufactured landscapes”, a large-format book published in 2003, collected his work. Also, in 2007 a documentary with the same name, based on his photography, was released. For further, and abundant info on Mr. Burtynsky, visit his official site.