edward burtynsky oil spill
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sep 13, 2010
edward burtynsky oil spill

‘oil spill #5, q4000 drilling platform, june 24, 2010’ by edward burtynsky (chromogenic print)

edward burtynsky
nicholas metivier gallery, toronto
september 16 – october 9, 2010

beginning this week, canadian photographer edward burtynsky will be premiering images taken of the oil spill
in the gulf of mexico at nicholas metivier gallery in toronto. the series is tilted ‘oil spill’ and will be shown
alongside an earlier series by burtynsky called ‘pentimento’. burtynsky has explored the theme of oil in a number
of works, many of which are part of his book and travelling exhibition of the same name. burtynsky not only
captures oil literally in these works, but also ‘the human ecosystem—that has risen up around the production, use,
and dwindling availability of our paramount energy source.’ through these works we can see the affect of oil on
the earth, made very clear in this latest oil spill. ‘pentimento’ on the other hand captures ship breaking yards in
bangladesh in ten black and white type 55 polaroid pictures.


‘oil spill #1, rem forza, gulf of mexico, may 12, 2010’ by edward burtynsky (chromogenic print)

‘oil spill #2, discoverer enterprise, may 12, 2010’ by edward burtynsky (chromogenic print)

‘oil spill #4, oil skimming boat near ground zero, june 24, 2010’ by edward burtynsky (chromogenic print)

‘oil spill #7, ground zero, june 24, 2010’ by edward burtynsky (chromogenic print)

‘oil spill #9, oil slick at rip tide, june 24, 2010’ by edward burtynsky (chromogenic print)

‘oil spill #10, oil slick, june 24, 2010’ by edward burtynsky
(chromogenic print)oil spill #13, mississippi delta, june 24, 2010,
chromogenic print

‘oil spill #14, marsh islands, june 24, 2010’ by edward burtynsky (chromogenic print)

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