Image: Edward Burtynsky article on Castanet

Edward Burtynsky article on Castanet

"World-renowned photographer Edward Burtynsky and internationally-acclaimed poet Patrick Lane will receive honorary doctoral degrees during convocation ceremonies at UBC's Okanagan campus this June.

Lane, who grew up in Vernon, is a prolific writer with more than 27 books of poetry to his credit. He has also published a book of short stories, the novel Red Dog, Red Dog set in the Okanagan valley, and What the Stones Remember, a memoir about his battle with addiction. His latest work, The Collected Poems of Patrick Lane, includes 400 poems written during a career spanning more than 50 years.

Lane, 73, will be presented with an honorary doctoral degree during the 3:30 p.m. convocation ceremony on Thursday, June 6.

Burtynsky is known for his uncanny ability to photograph the gritty reality of industrial landscapes in far-flung locations from southern Ontario to Italy, Bangladesh, China and Australia. His work is housed in more than 50 major museums.

The photographer's imagery explores the link between industry and nature, combining the raw elements of mining, quarrying, manufacturing, shipping, oil production and recycling into eloquent, highly expressive visions that find beauty and humanity in the most unlikely of places.

Burtynsky, 58, will receive his honorary doctoral degree at the 8:30 a.m. ceremony on Friday, June 7.

All convocation ceremonies take place in the gym UBC's Okanagan campus, 3211 Athletics Way, Kelowna."

UBC Okanagan


Photo Credit: Jim Panou

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