Edward Burtynsky’s oil exhibition celebrates a decade of work chronicling the production, distribution, and multiple uses of this valuable energy source and much debated topic. Displaying sights of enormous refineries, aerial views of oil fields, and landscapes of motor production, the photographs present a dramatic view of the various facets of oil. The Canadian photographer has travelled extensively across the globe collecting these sensitizing and beautiful observations.
Through these striking images Burtynsky unveils the seldom seen side of oil production, and documents the existing effects of oil on our lives. His depictions of landscapes shaped by its extraction are exhibited alongside the sprawling evidence of its manufactured produce.
Presenting a modern-day “life-cycle” of the fuel that continues to shape the political and physical world, Burtynsky captures these images with an intense clarity and breathtaking depth of field. Expanding on his previous works, such as Manufactured Landcapes, he continues to magnify extraordinary landscapes and their multiple uses.
Oil originally opened in 2009, but will make its way to theNevada Museum of Art, opening next year.
Photographs © Edward Burtynsky, courtesy Nicholas Metivier Gallery, Toronto