The Unnatural Nature of Edward Burtynsky’s Industrial Landscapes

Growing up in an industrial town in southern Ontario, where his father worked at a local General Motors plant, photographer Edward Burtynsky witnessed a side of manufacturing and consumer culture that many don’t experience. His appreciation and understanding of industrial scenery, cultivated at a young age, has led to...

Accordion time traveling with Rob Reich in Berkeley

Some of the musicians featured at the recently launched Bands at Brower series approached the performance like any other gig, presenting their usual material. But for Rob Reich the David Brower Center’s ecological mission is a feature not a bug, and he’s designed an immersive multimedia event that explores...

Berkeley: Environmentalists warn of state refinery projects amid oil glut

BERKELEY — A coalition of environmentalists warned against the ravages of the “oil economy” Tuesday, noting that Americans, reversing a years-long trend, have begun to drive more again now that gasoline is relatively cheap, putting more pollutants and greenhouse gases in the air, with ominous implications for public health...

Berkeley forum to address impact of petroleum refineries on the social environment

BERKELEY — The forum “A Just Transition: From Refineries to Renewables” at the David Brower Center on Tuesday will discuss the impact of industry, in particular petroleum refineries, on the social environment. The Sunflower Alliance is co-presenter. The forum is being held in conjunction with an exhibit by photographer Edward...

Photographer depicts human impact on natural resources through provocative, telling shots

In a particular strip from Bill Watterson’s beloved “Calvin and Hobbes” collection, Calvin screams, “I’m significant!” to a sky full of stars. Calvin then underhandedly notes, “Says the insignificant speck of dust.” Innocently yet critically, the cartoon juxtaposes the ridiculous human impulse toward self-importance with the vastness of the...

Edward Burtynsky photos serve as environmental warning

Edward Burtynsky isn’t your typical nature photographer: His works, often beautiful, also are arresting, functioning as a warning for humans to understand their drastically damaging effects on the environment. His dramatic images are on view at Berkeley’s David Brower Center in “Art/Act: Edward Burtynsky,” a show coinciding with the...

Edward Burtynsky peels back the curtain on the perils of modern existence

‘We are drawn by desire — a chance at good living, yet we are consciously or unconsciously aware that the world is suffering for our success.’ A new exhibition at the David Brower Center in Berkeley, California highlights the pivotal work of Edward Burtynsky, a Canadian photographer who has...

The Disturbing Wonder of Humanity’s Impact on Earth

Edward Burtynsky is a Canadian photographer obsessed with the way humanity molds the environment, mostly for the worse. Inspired by early memories of a General Motors plant transforming his hometown of St. Catharines, he’s journeyed the world documenting unnatural interventions in the terrain, from sprawling oil fields in California to uranium tailing ponds in...

Burtynsky’s photography: What happened here? People

Edward Burtynsky, the globe-roving Canadian photographer whose big aerial pictures of man-altered natural landscapes are seductively beautiful and strangely disturbing, spent a dozen years on and off making the images for his 2009 book “Oil,” which took him from the oil sands of Alberta to the Azerbaijani oil fields...

Edward Burtynsky uses art as advocacy in photography exhibition

Californians suffering drought fatigue will find their environmental energy replenished viewing the searing imagery of Canadian photographer Edward Burtynsky. Presented by the David Brower Center, the seventh annual Art/Act Award and Exhibition opening Sept. 18 unleashes a torrent of events, including selected work from Burtynsky’s extensive portfolio, along with...