Edward Burtynsky

For over four decades, photographer Edward Burtynsky has explored the impact of collective industrial complexes imposed on natural landscapes. “I document landscapes that, whether you think of them as beautiful or monstrous, or as some strange combination of the two, are clearly not vistas of an inexhaustible, sustainable world,” he says. His Water series documents the scale and impact of manufacturing and human consumption on the world’s water supplies—depictions from dramatic deforestation and erosion in Iceland and the desertification of the Colorado River Delta in Mexico.

Photo: © Birgit Kleber 2012