EDWARD BURTYNSKY, R.C.A.
ROCK OF AGES #6, ABANDONED GRANITE QUARRY, ROCK OF AGES QUARRY, BARRE, VERMONT, USA, 1991
digital chromogenic colour print on Kodak Endura Premier paper
signed, titled, dated 1991 / 2016 (print date) and numbered 4/15 on artist's label on the reverse
18 ins x 22 ins; 45.7 cms x 55.9 cms
Edward Burtynsky got to Barre for the first time in 1991 as a result of a photographic quest for quarries in Northern Ontario. When he expressed his disappointment with the small scale of operations in Temagami, a quarryman there described a series of spectacular quarries he’d seen in Vermont. He packed his gear and began the long drive southeast to Barre. It was a trip that launched his career.
For the artist, it suggested inverted architecture: an idea about quarries that he had long dreamed of, but in the eyes of the quarryman it was an evolutionary history of extraction technology. In all, Edward Burtynsky made a half dozen Vermont trips to photograph what are thought to be the deepest quarries in the world.
Edward Burtynsky is regarded as one of the world's
most accomplished contemporary photographers. His remarkable photographic depictions of global industrial landscapes are included in the collections of over sixty major museums around the world, including the National Gallery of Canada, the Museum of Modern Art and the Guggenheim Museum in New York, the Reina Sofia Museum in Madrid, the Tate Modern in London, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in California.
Burtynsky, Edward, "Quarries.", Artist's Statement, https://www.edwardburtynsky.com/projects/photographs/quarries, Web. 21 Oct. 2019
Burtynsky, Edward, “Biography.” https://www.edwardburtynsky.com/about/biography, Web. 21 Oct. 2019
Private Collection, Toronto