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Westport Arts Center Hosts Edward Burtynsky Exhibition

“Shipbreaking #36, Chittagong, Bangladesh”, 2001. Digital Chromogenic Print. ©Edward Burtynsky. Photo Credit: Courtesy Hall Art Foundation
“Shipbreaking #24, Chittagong, Bangladesh”, 2000. Digital Chromogenic Print. ©Edward Burtynsky. Photo Credit: Courtesy Hall Art Foundation
“Rock of Ages #59, Abandoned Section, Adam-Pirie Quarry, Barre, Vermont”, 1991. ©Edward Burtynsky. Photo Credit: Courtesy Hall Art Foundation.
"Recycling #2, Chittagong, Bangladesh”, 2001. Digital Chromogenic Print. ©Edward Burtynsky. Photo Credit: Courtesy Hall Art Foundation

WESTPORT, Conn. – The Westport Arts Center will open “Edward Burtynsky: Nature Speaks” at 6 p.m. Sept. 19. The free exhibit features large-format color photos taken by Burtynsky, a famed Canadian photographer, best known for his industrial landscape photography.

Burtynsky has spent more than 30 years taking photos of industry, notably nickel tailings in Ontario, disintegrating shipwrecks in Bangladesh and more. He describes his work as a documentation of how “nature itself, over time, can reclaim even the most ambitious of human incursions into the land.”

Helen Klisser During, the Director of Visual Arts at the Westport Arts Center, curated the exhibit, which provides an artistic glimpse at landscapes in varying states, including mines, quarries and more. Photos also depict the effects of activities on the land, including oil production, shipping, manufacturing and recycling.

Burtynsky said, “These images are meant as metaphors to the dilemma of our modern existence; they search for a dialogue between attraction and repulsion, seduction and fear.”

During said, “In the third exhibition, featuring works focused on the environment from the Hall Collection, Westport Arts Center will continue to explore mankind’s footprint in nature. Profound photographs by Canadian photographer, Edward Burtynsky, reveal the stark reality of human industry on the land. The monumental photographs of dramatic, seductive landscapes are a sobering testament to the complex relationship between industry and nature, which speaks loud and clear.”

Burtynsky was born in 1955 in St. Catherine’s, Ontario, Canada, and his works are present at more than 50 museums around the world. He lives in Toronto.

“Edward Burtynsky: Nature Speaks” will be displayed Sept. 19 through Nov. 1. It is on loan, courtesy of the Hall Collection. It was displayed last year at the Hall Art Foundation in Reading. Media sponsor is Connecticut Cottages & Gardens, and a reception is sponsored by U.S. Trust Bank of America Private Wealth Management.

The opening reception is 6 p. m. to 8 p.m. Sept. 19, and is open to the public. For more information about this and other events, visit the website at, or call (203) 222-7070. The gallery is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, at 51 Riverside Ave., Westport, Conn.

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