Oil by Edward Burtynsky

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"In 1997 I had what I refer to as my oil epiphany. It occurred to me that the vast, human-altered landscapes that I pursued and photographed for over 20 years were only made possible by the discovery of oil and the mechanical advantage of the internal combustion engine. It was then that I began the oil project. Over the next ten years I researched and photographed the largest oil fields I could find. I went on to make images of refineries, freeway interchanges, automobile plants and the scrap industry that results from the recycling of cars. Then I began to look at the culture of oil, the motor culture, where masses of people congregate around vehicles, with vehicle events as the main attraction. These images can be seen as notations by one artist contemplating the world as it is made possible through this vital energy resource and the cumulative effects of industrial evolution." --Edward Burtynsky
 

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Michael Mitchell is associate professor at the School of Government, Politics, and Global Studies at Arizona State University. His research focuses on democratization in Latin America and the politics of ethnic minorities. Paul Roth is Director of Chisholm Roth & Co., Ltd. Formerly an international banking economist for Williams & Glyn's Bank, he now specializes in treasury and capital markets training. He is the architect of Risk Manager for Windows, Chisholm Roth's financial trading and simulation software, used in more than 50 banks and financial organizations worldwide.
 
Published October 31, 2009 by Steidl. 216 pages
Genres: Arts & Photography. Non-fiction

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Those quibbles aside, though, the app is a fertile blend of media, with film that takes readers on a guided tour of Burtynsky’s gallery, voice-overs that comment sagely on the technical and thematic aspects of individual photographs, well-made images that beg for retina-display view, and last—and...

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What makes Oil unique is that in this case, the curator is the artist himself, who has revisited his large body of images in an effort to produce a tale that might generate in its viewers the same oil epiphany that prompted their production.

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