How an art book helped catapult Edward Burtynsky’s career

The Globe and Mail

What a difference a book makes.

Edward Burtynsky was an established Canadian photographer who didn’t have much in the way of an international profile. Then along came the publication, in 2003, of Manufactured Landscapes: The Photographs of Edward Burtynsky, tied in with his touring National Gallery of Canada exhibition. When the book, co-published by the National Gallery and Yale University Press, landed on shelves in major bookstores and museums around the world, the St. Catharines, Ont., native immediately felt the impact.

“All of a sudden I was getting calls from Europe. I was getting calls from the States,” Mr. Burtynsky recalls. “They were all saying, ‘This is really interesting and important work. How did I not know about you?’ ”

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