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Manufactured Landscapes by Edward Burtynsky

Tonight in class we watched some scenes from the film Manufactured Landscapes by Edward Burtynsky.  The movie answers the unasked question of where all of our recycled things go.  Burtynsky takes landscape pictures of these places that have been changed by human activity. The video follows him to China where there are these landscapes that entirely full of recycled metal and the people who work at the nearby factories.  Its amazing how much metal he captures in one single area.

We also watched a slideshow with commentary by Burtynsky.  In the slideshow he says that he was inspired to do the work he does now after getting lost.  He was originally in a city in Pennsylvania to do some normal landscape photography, but after going off the trail and getting lost, he came across an area that had been changed by man’s interaction with it.  And since then he has photographed these “manufactured landscapes.”  Its unreal how he can make these somewhat ugly areas look beautiful with the photos he takes. Here is a slideshow of Edward Burtynsky and some of his images.

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Art Wolfe

Photographer Art Wolfe’s work caught my eye because I am interested in wildlife and landscape photography.  Over his career of 30 years, Art Wolfe has photographed landscapes, animals and native cultures on every continent on earth.  He has published over 60 books, including some award winners.  Wolfe spends 9 months a year researching and scouting areas where he will will take his photographs.  He also has won countless awards and medals for his work including the Photographic Society of America’s Progress Medal. He also hosted a show on ESPN in the early 90’s called American Photo’s Safari. He also has a show that debuted in 2007 titled Art Wolfe’s Travels to the Edge. On his website he has a quote about him from actor Robert Redford, “Art Wolfe’s work tells a story that is overwhelming, breathtaking, and vast.”  Some of the images in his site are simply amazing.  Everything from his photos of animals to his landscape photos are incredible.  Here is a picture of Art Wolfe and a few of my favorite images of his.

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