Edward Burtynsky: the real and really big picture 

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The big picture: Edward Burtynsky shooting dryland farms in Monegros County, Spain, as part of his Water project. Food production accounts for 70 per cent of fresh water used on the planet. Dryland farming uses no irrigation.
Photo by Joseph Hartman
Following the oil: Burtynsky using a man-lift at the Bonneville Salt Flats for his Oil series. "...The car that I drove cross-country began to represent not only freedom, but also something much more conflicted..." he says.
Photo © Edward Burtynsky, courtesy Nicholas Metivier, Toronto / Paul Kuhn, Calgary
Homesteads #32, View from Highway 8, British Columbia, Canada, 1985: BC has figured early and often in Edward Burtynsky's 30-year career as one of Canada's foremost photographers. He is an Officer of the Order of Canada.
Photo © Edward Burtynsky, courtesy Nicholas Metivier, Toronto / Paul Kuhn, Calgary
Marine Aquaculture #1, Luoyuan Bay, Fuijan Province, China, 2012: Taken at 7,200 feet using a remote-control helicopter rather than a Chinese military helicopter that rents for $20,000 per hour. This aquaculture farm is home to 25,000 people.
Photo by Jim Panou http://panimages.ca
Holy water: On the banks of the Ganges in Haridwar, India, in April at the Kumbh Mela festival. This mass Hindu pilgrimage of faith is the largest peaceful gathering in the world.
Photo © Edward Burtynsky, courtesy Nicholas Metivier, Toronto / Paul Kuhn, Calgary
Markafljót River #1, Erosion Control, Iceland, 2012: One of 34 chromogenic prints Edward Burtynsky donated to the Vancouver Art Gallery and part of the exhibition, A Terrible Beauty.
Photo © Edward Burtynsky, courtesy Nicholas Metivier, Toronto / Paul Kuhn, Calgary
Dryland Farming #7, Monegros County, Aragon, Spain, 2010: Dryland farming is an old agricultural technique that uses no irrigation. This post-harvest image shows fields of stubble or bare soil. Different crops deplete the soil of minerals at different rates, creating variations in colour.
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Photo by Joseph Hartman
Following the oil: Burtynsky using a man-lift at the Bonneville Salt Flats for his Oil series. "...The car that I drove cross-country began to represent not only freedom, but also something much more conflicted..." he says.

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