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The Artist Capturing How Industry is Transforming the Natural World

October 17, 2018

By Alexander Hawkins | AnOther Magazine “Beauty” is not a word Edward Burtynsky wants associated with his large-format photographs of breathtaking industrial landscapes. Nevertheless, the Canadian photographer has been accused of aestheticising disaster. For almost 40 years, Burtynsky’s unsettling work has taken a bird’s-eye-view on how industry is spectacularly transforming nature, and our world. His interest, he insists,…

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People vs the Planet

October 15, 2018

By Jennifer Baichwal, Edward Burtynsky and Nicholas de Pencier The Walrus Forests are indispensable to life on this planet. Nearly 1.6 billion people rely on them as sources of food, income, or shelter. Humans have altered over 75 percent of ice-free land on the planet with agriculture, mining, urbanization, and industrialization. And around half of the…

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Edward Burtynsky surveys the devastating scale of man’s footprint on the planet

October 15, 2018

By Tom Seymour | Wallpaper* he Anthropocene photographs are huge, imposing and impossibly detailed, designed to stimulate in us a sense of awe – both of the beauty of the natural world, and the destruction our species has wrought upon it. They are images, the photographer says, ‘of a predator species run amok’. But few realise how personal…

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The devastating environmental impact of human progress like you’ve never seen it before

October 13, 2018

By Nicola Davidson | WIRED UK In 1976, when he was a first-year student of photography at Ryerson Polytechnic Institute, in Toronto, Edward Burtynsky was given an assignment that would come to shape his working life. Instructed to go out and photograph “evidence of man”, he initially thought of ruins. What better evidence of man’s passing…

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The Anthropocene Project

October 13, 2018

By Bel Jacobs | HowNow Magazine In face of current environmental events, debate around whether or not mankind now exists in the Anthropocene  – an epoch in which human are the single most defining force on the planet and introduced in 2000 by chemist and Nobel Prize winner Paul Jozef Crutzen- seems to akin to re-arranging…

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“The Idea is to Raise People’s Awareness of Issues” – an Interview with Andrea Kunard, Curator of Anthropocene

October 12, 2018

By Anna Savitskaya Artdependence Magazine Two simultaneous, complementary exhibitions of Anthropocene opened on September 28th at the National Gallery of Canada (NCG) and the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO). The website dedicated to the exhibition defines Anthropocene as the current proposed geological epoch, in which humans are the primary cause of permanent planetary change. Three major artists: world-renowned photographer Edward Burtynsky and multiple…

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The photographer sizing up the planet’s human footprint

October 12, 2018

By Leslie Hook Financial Times The word “ Anthropocene” first entered popular use about 20 years ago as scientists looked for a way to describe a new geologic era, one defined by the impact of humans. Earlier eras have been linked to climatic shifts caused by asteroids or ice ages, but now it is human…

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‘It’s hard at this particular moment to be optimistic’ – Edward Burtynsky on the future of the planet

October 12, 2018

By Fatema Ahmed | Apollo Magazine The Canadian photographer talks to Fatema Ahmed about The Anthropocene Project – two exhibitions, a film and a book exploring man’s effect on Earth and capturing the spirit of what some scientists consider to be a new geological epoch. When did you become interested in the Anthropocene, and how did this project…

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Anthropocene film captures a world of devastation

October 11, 2018

By Mike Devlin | Times Colonist A new documentary from a team that includes acclaimed director Jennifer Baichwal looks at the impact modern civilization has had on Earth over thousands of years, and the results aren’t pretty. There have been significant hydrologic, atmospheric, biospheric and geological shifts during the Holocene period, most of which have been brought…

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Interview: Edward Burtynsky Finds New Perspectives on the Anthropocene

October 11, 2018

By Rachel MacFarlane | FORMAT Magazine The renowned Canadian photographer discusses his latest work, which uses AR, film, and photography to document environmental change. October has been a busy month for Edward Burtynsky. Most significantly, the Canadian artist released a new series of his photographs, titled Anthropocene, on until November 3 at Toronto’s Nicholas Metivier Gallery. With collaborators…

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Anthropocene: The Human Epoch makes viewers think about big issues

October 10, 2018

By Nathan Krause |  Nexus Newspaper About a third of the way into Anthropocene: The Human Epoch, a man installing an electric car battery is wearing a T-shirt that states these words: “Don’t know, don’t care.” Director Jennifer Baichwal, who grew up in Victoria, has created a meditative film (the third in a series, following Manufactured Landscapes and Watermark)…

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What happens when humans rule the Earth: Documenting the Anthropocene

October 5, 2018

By Collin Ellis TVO The trio of filmmakers behind the documentaries Manufactured Landscapes (2006) and Watermark(2013) are back with the visually stunning and sobering Anthropocene: The Human Epoch, which chronicles the impact human activity has had on the planet. An accompanying exhibition will run at the Art Gallery of Ontario until January 6. We sat down with Jennifer Baichwal, Edward Burtynsky,…

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Anthropocene Examines the Shocking Impact Humans Have on the Earth

October 1, 2018

By Truc Nguyen | NUVO Magazine This month, Anthropocene—a photography and multimedia art exhibition from artists Edward Burtynsky, Jennifer Baichwal, and Nicholas de Pencier—opens simultaneously at the Art Gallery of Ontario and the National Gallery of Canada, the first time the two museums have offered concurrent, complementary shows from the same artists. The Anthropocene Project also encompasses a feature documentary film arriving in theatres…

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Beautiful pictures of terrible things

September 30, 2018

By Liz Braun | Toronto Sun The end of the world is beautiful to look at. See for yourself at  Anthropocene: The Human Epoch, a new film that offers magnificent pictures of the mess humans have made on this planet. Anthropocene is the name of the current geological age, a period in which the dominant influence on…

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Sprawling Anthropocene project shows humanity’s enormous impact on the planet

September 30, 2018

By Murray Whyte | Toronto Star The camera sweeps slowly, right to left, along a towering ridge of ochre stone. The sense is of the monumental — the kind of majesty and scale that only the primal force of violent nature, operating at planetary scale, could yield. Then you see it, and the world turns suddenly…

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Anthropocene offers stunning and scary glances at the large-scale changes humanity has made to the planet

September 28, 2018

By Chris Knight | National Post ★★★★ Who knew the end of the world could be so beautiful? The latest eco-doc from Jennifer Baichwal (Manufactured Landscapes, Watermark), co-directed by Edward Burtynsky and Nicholas de Pencier, shows viewers some of the large-scale changes we are making to the planet. Like the second sunrise of a hydrogen bomb, they…

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Age of Anthropocene: Art highlights human destruction of Earth

September 28, 2018

By Jesse Tahirali & Marlene Leung CTV News Rainbow mountains of coloured plastic. Artificial cliffs carved into a coal mine. Sheets of pale dirt shaved clean from a shrinking forest. Humanity’s fingerprints are pressed all over the Earth’s surface, and famed Canadian photographer Edward Burtynsky is putting them on full display at the Art Gallery of Ontario…

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Cutting-edge artistry ushers in troubling new era

September 28, 2018

By Sandra Abma | CBC News This week on the list: a mind-boggling look at humankind’s impact on our planet, a showcase of animation’s best and brightest, and a big sound on a couple of small stages. Anthropocene Anthropocene, on now at the National Gallery of Canada, is a vivid voyage into the environmental catastrophe wrought by…

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Anthropocene project highlights the apocalyptic beauty of humans’ effect on the planet

September 28, 2018

By CBC Radio: The Current The burning of 10,000 elephant tusks piled into an enormous funeral pyres in Kenya’s National Park in Nairobi is both a devastating and beautiful image to look at — a reaction that photographer Edward Burtynsky intended. His photographs are part of a multimedia project called Anthropocene that merges film, photography and…

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Review: Anthropocene is a shocking and beautiful documentary

September 28, 2018

By Kate Taylor The Globe and Mail ★★★★ Vast rectangular ponds of foul yellow water lie evaporating in the Chilean desert; they will produce the lithium that powers electric-car batteries. A gorgeous red-and-grey rock is imprinted with an eye-catching circular pattern: It’s the mark of Russian potash mining, extracting one of the fertilizers that is…

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Documenting our Man-Made Epoch

September 28, 2018

The Agenda with Steve Paikin Aired September 28 Photographer Edward Burtynsky, filmmaker Jennifer Baichwal, and director of photography Nicholas De Pencier join Steve Paikin to discuss “Anthropocene: The Human Epoch.” The multifaceted project explores humankind’s tremendous effect on planet Earth. Watch the segment here.

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The directing trio behind Anthropocene hope you walk away enlightened and transformed

September 28, 2018

By Chris Knight | National Post The three directors of Anthropocene: The Human Epoch are trying to describe the editing process required to bring an estimated 375 hours –15 days! – of footage down to a 90-minute documentary. Jennifer Baichwal likens it to a jigsaw puzzle. “Some people have the picture right there,” she says. “And some people…

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New exhibit Anthropocene opens at the Art Gallery of Ontario

September 28, 2018

Metro Morning with Matt Galloway A new art exhibition opens today at the AGO, looking at how humans have irreversibly transformed the planet. We hear from the three artists at the centre of the project: photographer Edward Burtynsky and filmmakers filmmaker Jennifer Baichwal and Nicholas de Pencier. Listen here.

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Anthropocene art show and documentary will shock you with a view of human impact on the planet

September 27, 2018

By Kate Taylor The Globe and Mail The project, which includes not only a new documentary but also two museum exhibitions and an art book, gives a chilling, yet sometimes beautiful, examination of the indelible and spreading mark of human activity on the planet. Like some eerie sculpture, a dome-shaped pile of elephant tusks glimmers…

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ANTHROPOCENE shows fierce beauty of rapidly collapsing Earth

September 27, 2018

By Peter Howell | Toronto Star ★★★★ ANTHROPOCENE: The Human Epoch — a companion piece to exhibitions of the same name opening Friday at Toronto’s Art Gallery of Ontario and the National Gallery in Ottawa — is rife with such horrors, yet there’s a fierce beauty to the work of Baichwal, Burtynsky and de Pencier. They travel the…

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Toronto’s most famous photographer brings stunning images to the AGO

September 27, 2018

By Amy Carlberg | BlogTO Edward Burtynsky has arrived at the AGO along with collaborators Jennifer Baichwal and Nicholas de Pencier in a sprawling exhibit that explores the impact humans have had on the earth. In Anthropocene, chilling yet beautiful images come to life through large scale photography, video and augmented reality installations. Check out the photo gallery here.

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Master photog Edward Burtynsky shows us the lay of the land in new National Gallery exhibit

September 27, 2018

By Lynn Saxberg | Ottawa Citizen Master photographer Edward Burtynsky has dedicated much of his life to documenting the impact of humans on earth through dramatic, large-format photographs of industrial landscapes around the world. The St. Catharines-born artist has won numerous awards for his work, and his striking photos are included in the collections of some…

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Human-altered landscapes: visions of the Anthropocene

September 26, 2018

By Zoë Ducklow | National Gallery of Canada Magazine It was two years ago, while hovering over the Niger Delta in a two-dollar-per-second rented helicopter that Edward Burtynsky saw an oil-soaked scene of apocalyptic scale. Images of oily waterways flicker in dull rainbow hues; landscapes shine black and are littered with scorched trees; a boat speeds…

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Anthropocene reveals the scale of Earth’s existential crisis

September 26, 2018

By Kevin Ritchie NOW Toronto Can a geological epoch become a household word? For the last 12,000-odd years, the earth enjoyed the Holocene, the period of stable climate since the end of the last ice age. Nearly two decades ago, scientists popularized the term Anthropocene to describe the new period we are believed to have…

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‘Reconnecting us to the wastelands’: AGO’s new photo exhibit shows what humanity’s doing to the planet

September 26, 2018

By Trevor Dunn | CBC News A new exhibit at the Art Gallery of Ontario seeks to reveal the way human activity is transforming the planet. Just how the cumulative action of seven billion people is shaping the environment may be difficult, if not impossible, to grasp. But the oversized photographs by Canadian photographer Edward Burtynsky…

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