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Edward Burtynsky: Aqua Shock

Selections from the Water Project

October 29, 2016 – February 19, 2017

Borusan Contemporary, Rumelihisarı Mahallesi, Baltalimanı Hisar Caddesi No 5, Perili Köşk, 34470 Sarıyer – Istanbul


The fine art photographer Edward Burtynsky presents some of his most ambitious work to date in this exhibition curated by William A Ewing. His photographs explore humanity’s increasingly stressed relationship with the world’s most vital natural resource: water. (John Scott and Victoria Khroundina wrote about Istanbul’s water worries on the blog.)

The project developed over the course of five years, during which time Burtynsky travelled extensively from the Gulf of Mexico to the shores of the Ganges and beyond. By employing various unusual methods like crews, man-lifts, aircraft, remote-controlled UAS (Unmanned Aerial System) and a custom-made pneumatic mast with camera mount and fiber-optic remote, he was able to document massive human interventions in the landscape. His photographs remind us of the steep price we pay for unbridled material wealth.

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