Edward Burtynsky

Speaker Edward Burtynsky
Photographer
  • Recipient of numerous awards including a Governor General's Award in Visual and Media Arts (2016)
  • Named Officer of the Order of Canada (2006)
  • Recipient of seven honorary doctorates

Edward has a pair of running shoes that he considers to be lucky – he takes them with him wherever he goes.

The impact photographer

When humanity leaves its mark on the mother ship, Edward Burtynsky makes note of it. The celebrated Canadian photographer has made a career of documenting large-scale incursions into the world’s natural ecosystems. His dramatic photographs fearlessly and thoughtfully explore industrial landscapes around the planet, and are an inspection of the human systems that we as a species have imposed onto natural landscapes and various environments. His projects include forays to the salt pans of western India, quarries in Portugal, Australian open-pit mines and Canadian railway cuts. Edward is also the founder of Toronto Image Works, a photography, digital imaging and new media training centre serving Toronto's art community, and co-founder of leading 3D research and printing atelier Think2Thing. A prolific creator, his work is currently on display in over 60 of the world’s most prestigious museums including the National Gallery of Canada, the MoMA, Reina Sofia, Tate Modern, the Guggenheim, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
“What took out the dinosaurs was a meteor impact. We, the human species, are now that impact.”
Edward to The Telegraph
  • Recipient of numerous awards including a Governor General's Award in Visual and Media Arts (2016)
  • Named Officer of the Order of Canada (2006)
  • Recipient of seven honorary doctorates

Edward has a pair of running shoes that he considers to be lucky – he takes them with him wherever he goes.