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Saw the Burtynsky photos of China about a year ago and couldn't believe the technical skill of the guy, never mind the fact he chooses great subjects. If you haven't seen these works I can only say that the web just can't do them justice, these are huge pieces, some bigger than 6 feet, and the detail is incredible. If the guy is displaying in a town or museum near you, RUN, don't walk, to see his work. The three gorges project is the best large format photography I have seen, and presents humanity at a unique crossroads, there is clearly a statement being made, although I hesitate to put into words the sublime characteristics of such a masterful series.

it's been on TV a couple of times already - at least in Canada

PS - it's also on the shelves of the local Blockbuster and the library here - not too hard to find

For info on the creative process, look here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=67j7JlEZzpQ

I've been lucky to see his work in Photoespaña 2006 in Madrid, astounding pictures, the best Imagen quality I've ever seen on a photograph, and his message is as powerful as his pictures.

I saw this film at Sundance Film Fest this year in January. This was by far my favorites film of the show. The film not only honored Burtynsky's photos, but also built upon his message with some incredible filming, such as the opening five minute pan inside a Chinese factory.

One thing that stands out in my mind is how they well they presented his photos: always starting with a small detail of a photo, like for example a couple workers and a tractor, and slowly zooming out to show the entire scene, such as an enormous quarry - it was a very effective way of emphasizing the grand scale of his photos.

Edward's work was featured at the Vernon Art Gallery, north of Kelowna, B.C. last year, I'm glad I made the effort to see his work, quite fabulous.

It's playing at the Telecom NZFF in New Zealand in a few weeks - I hope they got a good print. http://www.nzff.co.nz/

there is a video of Edward Burtynsky accepting his 2005 TED Prize:
http://www.ted.com/index.php/talks/view/id/56

along with some other great photographers such as James Nachtwey:
http://www.ted.com/index.php/talks/view/id/84

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