Edward Burtynsky was selected as recipient for the 2011 MOCCA Award in acknowledgement of his extraordinary body of photography that focuses upon the human impact on the landscape for which he has received widespread national and international recognition.
Combining knowledge of photography, its history and techniques, with a sharp perceptual rigour, Burtynsky creates stunning images of the sites of some of the heaviest and most essential industrial activities in Canada and around the world. Often cinematic in scale and always spectacular in pattern and detail, his pictures are as highly regarded for their formal and aesthetic qualities as they are for being powerful, even disturbing documents of the impact that these activities have upon the landscape, the ecology, upon ourselves and our surroundings. These challenging and timely issues raised through his work resonate within the context of MOCCA’s stated mandate to present art pertinent and relevant to our times.
Ed Burtynsky is one of the most globally visible Canadian artists working today. In recent years he has exhibited in some of the world’s most prestigious venues, including the National Gallery of Canada, the Museum of Modern Art, the Guggenheim Museum and the Bibliothèque nationale in Paris, among many others. His most recent museum exhibition, Oil, is a five-year international tour organized by the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. His photographs are also included in major collections worldwide, including the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art. Ed Burtynsky’s images have been featured in numerous periodicals and publications, such as Flash Art, Art Forum, The Smithsonian, National Geographic, Saturday Night and The New York Times.