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Edward Burtynsky: Oil

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Edward Burtynsky: Oil │By (author) Marcus Schubert

 

'In 1997 I had what I refer to as my oil epiphany. It occurred to me that the vast, human-altered landscapes that I pursued and photographed for over twenty years were only made possible by the discovery of oil and the mechanical advantage of the internal combustion engine. It was then that I began the oil project. Over the next ten years I researched and photographed the largest oil fields I could find. I went on to make images of refineries, freeway interchanges, automobile plants and the scrap industry that results from the recycling of cars. Then I began to look at the culture of oil, the motor culture, where masses of people congregate around vehicles, with vehicle events as the main attraction. These images can be seen as notations by one artist contemplating the world as it is made possible through this vital energy resource and the cumulative effects of industrial evolution' - Edward Burtynsky.

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Product details

  • Format Hardback | 140 pages
    Dimensions 292.1 x 365.76 x 27.94mm | 2,857.62g
    Publication date 01 Nov 2009
    Publisher Steidl Publishers
    Imprint Steidl Verlag
    Publication City/Country Gottingen, Germany
    Language English
    Edition statement 3rd ed.
    Illustrations note 100 colour illustrations
    ISBN10 3865219438
    ISBN13 9783865219435
    Bestsellers rank 255,154

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