How Is Disaster Photography Sublime?

By Mary Huber
Frieze Magazine

In an age of image saturation and climate change, photographs of destruction no longer affect us the way they once did

Canadian photographer Edward Burtynsky’s large-scale landscapes of industrial sites will be the subject of Anthropocene: The Human Epoch, a feature-length documentary to be released in September 2019. The artist sees his work as tapping into an updated idea of the sublime, an overwhelming technological, as opposed to natural, force. ‘I wouldn’t consider this work “disaster photography”’, Burtynsky told me.

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