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Ed Burtynsky's Oil Spill Photographs
Canadian photographer has for decades now, documented the impact of human industrialization and impact on the environment, bringing both beauty and shock to the viewer. His photographs of e-waste in China, coal mining, and more, have been highlighted in the recent documentary about him, Manufactured Landscapes. Burtynsky's latest project, however, is displaying the "truth" about the BP oil spill in the form of 9 large-scale photographs. The photographs are gorgeously disturbing. Burtynsky was quoted saying, "The truth will be outed, I believe. Maybe. But it may actually start to slip away from consciousness if the visuals don't come. They've proven that if the visuals aren't there, then people forget about it."
The series of photographs is part of a traveling exhibition, currently at Toronto's Nicholas Metivier Gallery (but only until October 9th!), and traveling to Edmonton, Alberta, then Bad Homburg in Germany.