Edward Burtynsky – Australian Minescapes
The Photographers Gallery in London recently re-opened after a huge renovation with an exhibition of Edward Burtynsky’s Oil series which inspired me to post this book from my collection. Burtynsky is one of the world’s foremost aerial landscape photographers, often documenting Man’s relationship with nature. In 2009, Burtynsky exhibited his Australian Minescapes project at the Flowers Gallery in London. These large scale photographs document the opencast mining industry of Australia and the scars it has left upon the landscape. At first glance the scale of these mines is incomprehensible due to the apparent lack of any features with which to reference scale. It is only upon closer inspection that tiny vehicles or buildings are seen in some images that allow you to fully appreciate the sheer size and impact of the mines. The book was produced in an edition of 2500 copies and is still widely available.
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