Edward Burtynsky - Quarries

Highly celebrated and rewarded magnum photographer Edward Burtynsky inspires us to take a deeper look into the origins of the products that enrich our lives. In his book Quarries, he focuses on places that are “outside our normal experience, though we partake of their output on a daily basis”. In doing so, Burtynsky beautifully captures the wide expanse and charm of the materials used to build the world around us.

“The concept of the landscape as architecture has become, for me, an act of imagination…I went in search of it, and when I had it on my ground glass, I knew that I had arrived. I had found an organic architecture created by our pursuit of raw materials. Open-pit mines, funneling down, were to me like inverted pyramids. Photographing quarries was a deliberate act of going out to try to find something in the world that would match the kinds of forms in my imagination.

I was excited by the striking patinas on the walls of the abandoned quarries. The surface of the rock-face would simultaneously reveal the process of its own creation, as well as display the techniques of the quarrymen. I likened the tenacious trees and pools of water to nature's sentinels awaiting the eventual retreat of man and machine - to begin the slow process of reclamation.”
- Edward Burtynsky, Quarries