Edward Burtynsky is a photographer who specializes in capturing the modern economy and its impact across the globe. With these pictures, we can actually see what resource extraction looks like.
Oil Fields in McKittrick, California (2002):
Oil fields in Belridge, California (2002):
Westar Open Pit Coal Mine in Sparwood, British Columbia (1985):
Anaconda copper Mine in Butte, Montana (1985):
Kennecott Copper Mine in Bingham Valley, Utah (1983):
Mt. Whaleback in Newman, Western Australia (2007):
Silver Lake Operations at Lake Lefroy, Western Australia (2007):
Three pictures of the run-off from a nickel mine in Sudbury, Ontario (1996):
Look for more posts about Burtynsky’s photography to come.