Water is the most recent instalment of the artist's
investigation into our continually compromised environment.
Often from an aerial perspective, the photographs take on a
unique abstraction and painterly quality. Many of the images
focus our attention not on water itself, but on the systems that
humans have put in place in order to harness, shape and commodify
it. Water follows the format of previous projects such as Oil,
China and Quarries in it's encyclopaedic exploration of a broad
theme through a series of connected chapters or locations.
Edward Burtynsky's works are in the collections of over fifty
museums worldwide, including: Museum of Modern Art and
Guggenheim, New York; Tate Modern, London; Museo Nacional Centro de
Arte Reina Sofa, Madrid and the National Gallery of Canada.
Burtynsky is the subject of Jennifer Baichwal's 2006
documentary Manufactured Landscapes. Burtynsky received the
inaugural TED Prize in 2005, in 2006, he was named an Officer of
the Order of Canada, and in 2012 he won the Tiffany Mark award. He
holds four honorary doctorate degrees (two additional forthcoming
in 2013). His distinctions also include the National Magazine
Award, MOCCA award, Outreach Award at Rencontres d'Arles, ICP
Infinity Award and the Kraszna Krausz Book Award.