Canadian photographer Edward Burtynsky travels the world in search of areas that have been deeply affected by human exploitation. With a frank and direct approach, he takes an objective look at the new landscapes that are forged out of industrial development, photographing sites such as oil platforms, quarries and mines to reveal their sinister and dangerous splendour. Exploring the theme of the residual landscape, threatened by desolation, Burtynsky creates captivating images that are imbued with an unusual sense of poetry, beauty and starkness.

Shipbreaking No. 29, Chittagong, Bangladesh, 2001, printed of 2002, Chromogenic print, 2/10.
© Edward Burtynsky • Photo: Richard-Max Tremblay