This book surveys a decade of photographic imagery exploring the subject of oil by Canadian artist Edward Burtynsky.
This photographer has traveled internationally to chronicle the production, distribution, and use of the most critical fuel of our time. In addition to revealing the rarely-seen mechanics of its manufacture, Burtynsky captures the effects of oil on our lives, depicting landscapes altered by its extraction from the earth and by the cities and suburban sprawl generated around its use. He also addresses the coming "end of oil," as we confront its rising cost and dwindling availability.
Burtynsky’s extensive exploration is organized thematically: aerial views of oil fields, the architecture of massive refineries, highway interchanges ribboning across the landscape, and popular motor culture events. In considering the consequences of our use of oil, the artist presents compelling images of ancient oil derricks, vistas of junked vehicles, scrap recycling yards, and oil-tanker shipbreaking operations. Edward Burtynsky: Oil is the definitive photographic documentation of this hotly debated subject.
2010 Kraszna-Krausz Book Award, U.K.
2011 Deutscher Fotobuchpreis, Silver Award
Hardcover: 216 pages
Publisher: Steidl (1st edition 2009)
Product Dimensions: 12 x 15 x 1.5 inches
Shipping Weight: 6.3 pounds