Before the Flood

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Both impressed with the scope of the project and astounded at the environmental, humanitarian, and historical ramifications it portends, Edward Burtynsky set about photographing the construction of the Three Gorges Dam in China. That the dismantling of entire cities, displacement of nearly two million people, and destruction of historical sites was deemed an acceptable cost in the face of "progress" is a startling statement on our relationship to our world. These photographs are incredibly detailed, revealing the enormity of this project through relatively minute reference points, such as people and construction equipment.

From the Publisher:

"Burtynsky's work concerns itself with landscape changed in the pursuit of progress and this has never been more fully rendered than in his most recent work, The Three Gorges Dam Project, Yangtze, China. The Three Gorges dam, when completed in 2009 will be the largest concrete structure in the world, producing some 84.7 billion kilowatt hours per year as well as having displaced over 1.8 million people and submerging over 8000 archaeological sites under water. As with his other series, Burtynsky has produced troubling and strikingly beautiful photographs, both rich in detail and exactingly composed, that chronicle humankind's ever larger impact on the environment."


Boxed/Hardcover: 32 pages

Edition: 100 numbered copies / 26 letter copies / includes an 11 x 14 inch giclée print

Publisher: Burtynsky Studio (2003)

Language: English

ISBN: n/a

Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 13.25 x 1.15 inches

Shipping Weight: 2.35 kg



Paperback Trade Edition: 32 pages

Publisher: Burtynsky Studio (2003)

Language: English

ASIN: 1902945611

Product Dimensions: 13.7 x 10.8 x 0.2 inches

Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces

Status: out of print