Photographer Edward Burtynsky: TED Prize Winner

Accepting his 2005 TED Prize, photographer Edward Burtynsky makes a wish: that his images — stunning landscapes that document humanity’s impact on the world — help persuade millions to join a global conversation on sustainability. Burtynsky presents a riveting slideshow of his photographs, which show vividly how industrial development is altering the Earth’s natural landscape. From mountains of tires to rivers of bright orange waste from a nickel mine, his images are simultaneously beautiful and horrifying. (35:11 min)

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4 Responses

  1. Jamblichus says:

    Utterly stunning pics. of the decommissioned oil tankers. And I found it hard to believe he hadn’t speeded up the video of the Chinese factory worker. Her hands were like machines. Just flying. Unbelievable. Apparently most political dissent within China comes from those on the left who actually have some grasp of Marxist tenets. Bizarre isn’t it that an ostensibly communist state gives its proletariat 10 minute lunches… Great presentation anyway.

  2. shapeshift says:

    BY the way, Edward Burtynsky did make a film, as was his wish, called Manufactured Landscape that is well regarded. Maybe soon, we can screen it here… if I can find it that is…

  3. CS says:

    A very informative and thoughtful presentation. Looking forward to his film if you can find it. :)

  4. Redroom Studios says:

    Glad to see you are aware of this guy. Manufactured Landscapes is not actually his film, it is a documentary about him and his photographs on this theme. The film is by Jennifer Baichwal. Trailer is here for anyone that hasnt seen it yet:

    China is going to be a bell weather for the health of the planet. Shocking how they are eating up agricultural land for urban sprawl, factories and the 3 Gorges Dam etc… I have heard that they are already having a hard time feeding the population. As Green Peace says, “you cant eat money”

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