March 5th, 2014

Scotiabank Announces 2014 Finalists for $50K Photography Prize

Rodney Graham, Mark Ruwedel, and Donald Weber have been named finalists for the 2014 Scotiabank Photography Award, the sponsor announced yesterday. The winner of the $50,000 prize will be announced April 29 in Toronto.

The award was established four years ago to honor the work of contemporary Canadian photographers. The 2014  nominees “have unique and distinctive bodies of work that show true excellence in Canadian contemporary photography,” says photographer Edward Burtynsky, chairperson of the award jury.

Graham, a conceptual artist, has created a varied body of work the comprises photography and media art installations that incorporate film, painting, literature, and music.

Ruwedel is a landscape photographer, working in both black and white and color. His latest book, called “Pictures of Hell” will be released this fall.

Weber, a documentary photographer, is “devoted to the study of how power deploys an all-compassing theatre for its subjects,” according to the Scotiabank announcement.

Nominations came from curators, photographers, artists, gallery directors, art critics, and academics from across Canada.  The finalists were selected by a three-member jury including Robert Bean, an artist, writer and photography professor; Catherine Bédard, art historian and Deputy-Director of the Canadian Cultural Centre; and  Ann Thomas, Curator, Photographs Collection, National Gallery of Canada.

In addition to the $50,000 cash prize, the winner of this year’s award will have a book of his work published by Steidl, and an exhibition at Ryerson Image Centre, Ryerson University, in Toronto.

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August 27th, 2013

Landscape Photographer Edward Burtynsky Explores Another Endangered Resource: Water

Burtynsky-Watermark-Water
Edward Burtynsky, the photographer renowned for his monumental photographs that explore how human activity alters the landscape, has spent the last five years investigating our exploitation of a precious natural resource: Water. Spanning ten countries, “Water” may be his most ambitious project to date. “Over five years, I have explored water in various aspects; distress, control, agriculture, aquaculture, waterfront and source,” Burtynsky explains on the project’s website. Next month, Steidl will publish 114 of the images in a new book, Burtynsky –Water, and exhibitions will open at galleries in North America, Europe and the UK. A documentary about the project, Watermark, co-directed by Jennifer Baichwal, who directed Manufactured Landscapes, an earlier film about Burtynsky’s work, will be shown at the TIFF film festival in Toronto on September 6.

The film was shot in 5K high-definition video, to capture the details in his aerial views and landscapes: a ritual swim by worshippers in India’s Ganges River, an enormous dam in China, leather tanneries pumping water in Bangladesh, a suburban development sprawling across former desert in Arizona, dryland farming in Spain.

Even when seen on a computer screen, the trailer looks pretty great:

WATERMARK – Trailer from Flowers Gallery on Vimeo.

(You can also see the trailer on Vimeo.)

“Water” opens at Nicholas Metiver Gallery in Toronto on September 5. Other shows of Burtynsky’s work, including images from his project on water, open at Howard Greenberg Gallery and Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery in New York City on September 19. You can view more of the images and see a full list of exhibitions on Burtynsky’s website here.

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