Edward Burtynsky has become one of the world’s best known photographers. He is best known for his China series, which was lauded as a timely expose into the lives of ordinary Chinese, and perfectly reflected the size and scale of this emerging country.
His new series, Australian Minescapes, were commissioned for FotoFreo and are coming to Sydney’s ACP in July. The works, taken at Western Australia’s Pilbara region, are epic in size and scale, and thus give the landscape an appearance almost like an oil painting.
The earth captured by Burtynsky is scarred by man, almost to the point where it is unrecognisable, a startling reminder of the impact of our insatiable desire for consumption.