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Burtynsky : water /
author
photographs: Edward Burtynsky ; essays: Wade Davis, Russell Lord ; [editor: Marcus Schubert].
imprint
Göttingen : Steidl ; New Orleans : NOMA, New Orleans Museum of Art, 2013.
description
225 p. : chiefly col. photos ; 30 x 37 cm.
ISBN
9783869306797

Holdings
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imprint
Göttingen : Steidl ; New Orleans : NOMA, New Orleans Museum of Art, 2013.
isbn
9783869306797
general note
On the occasion of an exhibition held at New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, in association with the Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans, October 5, 2013-January 12, 2014.
abstract
"This book explores humanity's increasingly stressed relationship with the world's most vital natural resource in a series of photographs made by Canadian artist, Edward Burtynsky. Over the past five years, Burtynsky has travelled across the globe, from the Gulf of Mexico to the shores of the Ganges, while weaving together an ambitious representation of water's ever more fragmented lifecycle. In colourful aerial images, many bordering on the edge of complete abstraction, Burtynsky traces the various roles that water plays in modern life; as a source of healthy ecosystems and energy, as a key element in cultural and religious rituals, and as a rapidly depleting resource. Many of the images focus our attention not on water itself but on the systems that humans have put in place in order to harness it, shape it and control it. Photographs of maze-like stepwells in India, massive dam construction and aquaculture in China, manufactured waterfront housing projects in Florida and irrigation systems in the American West are presented alongside parched landscapes, dried river regions and ominously-coloured salt and shrimp farms. Many of these photographs are Burtynzky's most abstract images yet; pivot irrigation plots are carefully crafted into totemic arrangements of geometry and dryland farming fields are transformed into dizzying collections of biomorphic forms. These images, sometimes elegant, sometimes haunting, hover between the worlds of painting and photography, forming a compelling global portrait of water that functions as an open-ended question about humanity's past, present, and future relationship with the natural world."--Book jacket.
catalogue key
9086840
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Summaries
Main Description
There is no life without water. Burtynskys new and highly anticipated book Water tells us the story of where water comes from, how we use it, distribute and waste it. Often using a birds-eye perspective, the photographer shows us its remote sources, remarkable ancient step-wells and mass bathing rituals, the transformation of desert into cities with waterfronts on each doorstep, the compromised landscapes of the American Southwest. Furthermore, Burtynsky explores the infrastructure of water management: the gigantic hydroelectric dams and terraced rice fields in the heart of China, the vast irrigation systems of Americas bread basket and the use of aquaculture. The colour photographs in this book are poetic and at the same time highly relevant: they reveal another vital component of our life on earth that drives the bloom of civilization, and foreshadow the extent to which our future depends on our everyday behaviour in dealing with this increasingly scarce resource.

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