Lecture: Edward Burtynsky (2014 Sem Presser)
An active lecturer on photographic art, Edward Burtynsky presented “Consuming Nature” as the Sem Presser Lecture at the 2014 Awards Days. The Sem Presser Lecture is presented in cooperation with Stichting Sem Presser Archief
Born in 1955 of Ukrainian heritage at St. Catharines, Ontario, Edward Burtynsky is a graduate of Ryerson University (Bachelor of Applied Arts in Photography) and studied graphic art at Niagara College in Welland. He links his early exposure to the sites and images of the General Motors plant in his hometown to the development of his photographic work. His imagery explores the intricate link between industry and nature, combining the raw elements of mining, quarrying, manufacturing, shipping, oil production and recycling into eloquent, highly expressive visions that find beauty and humanity in the most unlikely of places.