Edward Burtynsky's imagery explores the human systems imposed upon our planet. His remarkable photographic depictions of large-scale industrial landscapes are included in the collections of over 60 major museums including the National Gallery of Canada, the Museum of Modern Art, the Guggenheim Museum in New York, the Reina Sofia Museum in Madrid and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Burtynsky's distinctions include the TED Prize, the Outreach Award at the Rencontres d'Arles, the Roloff Beny Book Award and the Rogers Best Canadian Film Award. He sits on the board of directors for the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival and the Ryerson Gallery and Research Center, and is co-founder of the Scotiabank Photography Award. In 2006, Burtynsky was awarded the title of Officer of the Order of Canada and in 2016 he received the Governor General's Award in Visual and Media Arts. Burtynsky currently holds seven honorary doctoral degrees. His books with Steidl are China (2005), Quarries (2007), Oil (2009), Water (2013) and Salt Pans (2016).
Last year, early in the pandemic, Canadian photographer Edward Burtynsky was isolating in rural Ontario, where he's long owned a place. Over the course of those uncertain weeks, he photographed the transition, as he describes it, from the frigid sleep of winter to the fecund urgency of spring. Compiled into a monograph, titled Natural Order, the images show the earth continuing on its path even as human activity slowed to a standstill.-- Wall Street Journal