‘Edward Burtynsky: Anthropocene’ at Nicholas Metivier Gallery, Toronto

Nicholas Metivier Gallery will soon be presenting a solo exhibition by Edward Burtynsky, “Anthropocene,” from October 4 – November 3, 2018. “Anthropocene” presents a new body of work by the world-renowned photographer.


Having taken four years in the making, the body of work comprises a release of large-format photographs; a feature documentary film co-directed by Burtynsky and Jennifer Baichwal and a book published by Steidl. In addition, the project introduces High-Resolution Murals and AR (augmented reality) installations as extensions of Burtynsky’s photographic practice which has always embraced the most advanced technology available.  


“For ‘Anthropocene’, Burtynsky traveled to every continent, with the exception of Antarctica, and visited twenty countries including Canada, Chile, China, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Kenya, Nigeria, Russia, Spain and the United States.  A decade following his first applications of digital photography, Burtynsky has utilized gigapixel technology (hundreds of incremental photos of a single scene stitched together making one super high resolution photograph) to create his largest and most detailed works to date. While many of the works are shot from his signature bird’s-eye view perspective using airplanes, helicopters and drones, Burtynsky also overcame the technical challenges of underground and underwater photography for the first time using specialized equipment to capture remarkably detailed and surprisingly color-filled images,” says the gallery.


Edward Burtynsky’s photographs have been shown in hundreds of touring international museum shows and commercial exhibitions including Water at the Contemporary Arts Center of New Orleans, Oil at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington D.C. and Manufactured Landscapes at the National Gallery of Canada. Burtynsky’s work is held in the collections of the Tate Modern, London; the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York and the Reina Sofia Museum, Madrid. Awards and distinctions include the TED Prize and the Roloff Beny Book 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. Most recently, Burtynsky was named Photo London’s 2018 Master of Photography. He currently holds eight honorary doctorate degrees.


The exhibition will be on view from October 4 through November 3, 2018, at Nicholas Metivier Gallery, 451 King St W, Toronto, ON M5V 1K4, Canada.

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Click on the slideshow for a sneak peek at the artworks.                           

Founder: Louise Blouin

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