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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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Review: Anthropocene: The Human Epoch is both meditative and urgent

September 26, 2018

By Kevin Ritchie NOW Toronto NNNN The third collaboration between director Baichwal, photographer Burtynsky and DP de Pencier (now billed as co-director) continues the trio’s large-scale visual exploration of environmental change and degradation, but in the context of scientific research showing that we have moved into a new geological epoch defined by human activity. Read…

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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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Apocalypse Now

September 26, 2018

By Mark Pupo | Toronto Life Over the past 40 years, the photographer Edward Burtynsky has hunted down the world’s largest marble quarries, clear-cut forests and solar power fields. His super-sized shots showcase our ravenous appetite for Earth’s resources—Burtynsky is a war photographer of natural landscapes. For his latest project, Anthropocene, he reunited with his frequent collaborators, filmmakers…

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Living in the Anthropocene, the human epoch

September 19, 2018

By Alexandra Pope | Canadian Geographic Climate change, extinctions, invasive species, the terraforming of land, the redirection of water: all are evidence of the ways human activity has shaped and continues to shape Earth’s natural processes. Scientists have coined a word to describe this unprecedented age of human impact on the planet: the Anthropocene. Although not yet officially…

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Cinefest: Stark warning amidst beauty

September 18, 2018

By Mary Keown | The Sudbury Star  There is a scene in Anthropocene: The Human Epoch during which a man nonchalantly jumps off the ladder of an excavator. It is the largest excavator in the world and as the camera pans outward, you realize just how enormous this piece of equipment really is. This excavator, which…

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Anthropocene’s Three Filmmakers and Ecological Disaster

September 15, 2018

By Susan G. Cole POV Magazine Lights, camera, spectacular success – backlash. So it goes with the films co-created by Ed Burtynsky, Jennifer Baichwal and Nicholas de Pencier. The trio is launching Anthropocene, the third in their eco-conscious trilogy that began with Manufactured Landscapes and continued with Watermark, which won the Toronto Critics Film Associations’s best…

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TIFF Review: ‘Anthropocene: The Human Epoch’

September 13, 2018

By Patrick Mullen | Point of View Magazine  Jennifer Baichwal, Edward Burtynsky, Nicholas de Pencier document the devastating consequences of human activity in Anthropocene. In a way, they’ve been documenting it for nearly fifteen years. Anthropocene is the third installment in the team’s epic trilogy of spectacular environmental essay films that began with Manufactured Landscapes (2006) andWatermark (2013). The latest film is…

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Anthropocene: The Human Epoch is Edward Burtynksy’s Devastating Call to Action

September 10, 2018

By Elizabeth Pagliacolo | Azure Magazine Edward Burtynsky’s new doc (debuting at TIFF) and upcoming exhibition (at the AGO) make the case – through stunning photography – that humans are impacting the Earth more than all natural systems combined. There is a scene in Anthropocene: The Human Epoch where the camera hovers on a concentric circular motif…

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These photos show just how much damage humans have done to the planet

September 6, 2018

By Adele Peters | Fast Company At the Dandora landfill in Nairobi–which officially shut down in 2012, but where people haven’t stopped dumping trash–some mounds made mostly of plastic bags rise 15 feet high. In Edward Burtynsky’s new photo book, Anthropocene, the landfill represents the idea of “technofossils”–human-made objects, from plastic to mobile phones and cement, that…

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Edward Burtynsky’s Anthropocene premieres at TIFF

September 5, 2018

By Jessica Wei | Post City Toronto The renowned Toronto-based photographer Edward Burtynsky’s career has traced the movement of humans on this earth through the industrial footprint we’ve left on it. Now, his career culminates in his latest work, Anthropocene. The new multi-disciplinary art, publishing and film project, in collaboration with director Jennifer Baichwal and cinematographer Nicholas…

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A Good Anthropocene

September 5, 2018

By Edward Burtynsky As we get closer to the launch of the The Anthropocene Project it’s important to acknowledge some of the positive stories that we’ve documented in the last few years, which have the potential to set us up for #AGoodAnthropocene. But in the face of inevitable human influence on the Earth, what does…

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Alicia Vikander Joins Toronto-Bound Documentary ‘Anthropocene’ As Narrator

September 4, 2018

By Andreas Wiseman | Deadline EXCLUSIVE: Tomb Raider and The Danish Girl star Alicia Vikander has lent her voice to big-canvas documentary Anthropocene: The Human Epoch, which will get its world premiere this week at the Toronto Film Festival. The science-themed doc, from filmmakers Jennifer Baichwal and Nicholas de Pencier and photographer Edward Burtynsky, contends that human impact on the planet means we have…

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