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Essential Elements

  • Sundaram Tagore Gallery Hong Kong (map)

We are pleased to present an exhibition by acclaimed Canadian photographer Edward Burtynsky in celebration of Edward Burtynsky: Essential Elements, a lavish new book examining Burtynsky’s work across four decades.

The book, edited and curated by William A. Ewing, includes both iconic images and many previously unpublished photographs. Relinquishing the project-based lens through which the photographer’s work has previously been presented, it is organized into five free-flowing sections that combine and contrast work from throughout his career. This original approach provides a sense of both his visual language and his exploration of the dilemmas at the heart of our globalized world. Each section is interspersed with selected texts that work in concert with the images to provide a fuller understanding of Burtynsky’s view of the world. Essential Elements, published by Thames & Hudson, provides an entirely new way of seeing Burtynsky’s work for those who are already familiar with it as well as an accessible introduction for those encountering his photographs for the first time.

To celebrate this exciting launch, the photographer has released a number of works that we are pleased to present for the first time in Asia. These spectacular, large-scale photographs depict the impact of human activity upon urban and natural environments around the world. They cover themes such as mines and quarries, the oil industry, ship-building and ship-breaking, water as a resource under threat worldwide and an emergent China.