Oil Spill Photography by Edward Burtynsky

Canadian photographer Edward Burtynsky traveled to the Gulf of Mexico to photograph the Deep Water Horizon oil spill and its polluted fallout. And these pictures have his signature, merging beauty with the ugliness of our inhuman addiction. His works will be shown at the Metivier Gallery in Toronto from September 16 till October 9th.

  • Edward Burtynsky not only captures oil literally in these works, but also 'the human ecosystem—that has risen up around the production, use, and dwindling availability of our paramount energy source.' Oil Spill Number 9, Oil Slick at Rip Tide, June 24, 2010. Photo: Edward BurtynskyEdward Burtynsky not only captures oil literally in these works, but also 'the human ecosystem—that has risen up around the production, use, and dwindling availability of our paramount energy source.' Oil Spill Number 9, Oil Slick at Rip Tide, June 24, 2010. Photo: Edward Burtynsky
  • The series is tilted 'Oil Spill' and will be shown alongside an earlier series by Burtynsky called 'Pentimento'. Oil Spill Number 7, Ground Zero, June 24, 2010. Photo: Edward BurtynskyThe series is tilted 'Oil Spill' and will be shown alongside an earlier series by Burtynsky called 'Pentimento'. Oil Spill Number 7, Ground Zero, June 24, 2010. Photo: Edward Burtynsky
  • Edward Burtynsky has explored the theme of oil in a number of works, many of which are part of his book and travelling exhibition of the same name. Oil Spill Number4, Oil Skimming boat near Ground Zero, June 24, 2010. Photo: Edward BurtynskyEdward Burtynsky has explored the theme of oil in a number of works, many of which are part of his book and travelling exhibition of the same name. Oil Spill Number4, Oil Skimming boat near Ground Zero, June 24, 2010. Photo: Edward Burtynsky
  • Through these works we can see the affect of oil on the earth, made very clear in this latest oil spill. Oil Spill Number 2, Discoverer Enterprise, May 12, 2010. Photo: Edward BurtynskyThrough these works we can see the affect of oil on the earth, made very clear in this latest oil spill. Oil Spill Number 2, Discoverer Enterprise, May 12, 2010. Photo: Edward Burtynsky
  • Oil Spill Number 1, Rem Forza, The Gulf Of Mexico, May 12, 2010. Photo: Edward BurtynskyOil Spill Number 1, Rem Forza, The Gulf Of Mexico, May 12, 2010. Photo: Edward Burtynsky
  • Beginning this week, canadian photographer Edward Burtynsky will be premiering images taken of the oil spill in the Gulf of mexico at the Metivier Gallery in Toronto. Oil Spill Number5, Q4000 Drilling Platform, June 24, 2010. Photo: Edward BurtynskyBeginning this week, canadian photographer Edward Burtynsky will be premiering images taken of the oil spill in the Gulf of mexico at the Metivier Gallery in Toronto. Oil Spill Number5, Q4000 Drilling Platform, June 24, 2010. Photo: Edward Burtynsky

Canadian photographer Edward Burtynsky traveled to the Gulf of Mexico to photograph the Deep Water Horizon oil spill and its polluted fallout. And these pictures have his signature, merging beauty with the ugliness of our inhuman addiction. His works will be shown at the Metivier Gallery in Toronto from September 16 till October 9th.

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