Wednesday, January 3, 2007



Edward Burtynsky, born 1955, is a Canadian photographer and artist who obtained a B.A. in photographic arts, and later a diploma in graphic arts. His work appears in museums, corporate collections, and books. Burynsky's most famous photographs are sweeping views of scarred or altered landscapes: mine tailings, quarries, scrap piles, rail cuts. He is considered by some as one of the most esteemed environmental photographers in the world.

Not unlike a PBS NOVA Special (not surprising since some of the funding came from TVOntario), the movie combines striking images with well considered voice-over that for the most part remains quite neutral. It is left to the viewer to draw his/her own conclusions.

Some of the photos are beautiful, but others are not. At times the movie drags on a bit; sometimes it moves on too quickly.

One major criticism: the background soundtrack is often very annoying, be it a repetitive noise or simply industrial racket. It would have been better had these been edited out.


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