Edward Burtynsky:
Photography, Film, and the Politics of Nature
Presenter: Shuting Zeng Advisor: Prof. Alan Braddock
Photography and Film
Edward Burtynsky Jennifer Baichwal: the Directress
Cammaer’s Critique
• High Art is not art for society ?
• High Art’s social influence
• Burtynsky’s photos exhibited on his...
Contextualization
• an active reading of photography
• an incorporation of photography into multi-
media
Atrocity Aesthetics
Compassion and Pity only Sociological Imagination
Timothy O’Sullivan,
Bodies of Federal Soldiers Kille...
Edward Burtynsky, Shipyard #11, #12, and #13, Shipyard, Qili Port,
Zhejiang Province, 2005
Edward Burtynsky, Feng Jie #4, Three Gorges Dam
Project, Yangtze River, 2002
Ai Weiwei, He Xie, 2010–
Installation view at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden,
Washington, DC, 2012
Photo: Cathy...
Ai Weiwei, He Xie, 2010–
Edward Burtynsky, Feng Jie #4,
Three Gorges Dam Project, Yangtze River, 2002
Bibliography
• Battani, Marshall. "ATROCITY AESTHETICS: Beyond Bodies and Compassion." Afterimage 39,
no. 1/2 (-07-01, 201...
Websites
• Ai Weiwei, He Xie, 2010–. Collection of the artist. Installation view
at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Gar...
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edward burtynsky: photography, film, and the politics of nature

  1. 1. Edward Burtynsky: Photography, Film, and the Politics of Nature Presenter: Shuting Zeng Advisor: Prof. Alan Braddock
  2. 2. Photography and Film Edward Burtynsky Jennifer Baichwal: the Directress
  3. 3. Cammaer’s Critique • High Art is not art for society ? • High Art’s social influence • Burtynsky’s photos exhibited on his website • Film is superior over photography? • Photography’s wider reception • The film’s derivative relevance to the photography
  4. 4. Contextualization • an active reading of photography • an incorporation of photography into multi- media
  5. 5. Atrocity Aesthetics Compassion and Pity only Sociological Imagination Timothy O’Sullivan, Bodies of Federal Soldiers Killed at Gettysburg, 1863. Edward Burtynsky, Deda Chicken Processing Plant, Dehui City, Jilin Province, 2005.
  6. 6. Edward Burtynsky, Shipyard #11, #12, and #13, Shipyard, Qili Port, Zhejiang Province, 2005
  7. 7. Edward Burtynsky, Feng Jie #4, Three Gorges Dam Project, Yangtze River, 2002
  8. 8. Ai Weiwei, He Xie, 2010– Installation view at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC, 2012 Photo: Cathy Carver
  9. 9. Ai Weiwei, He Xie, 2010– Edward Burtynsky, Feng Jie #4, Three Gorges Dam Project, Yangtze River, 2002
  10. 10. Bibliography • Battani, Marshall. "ATROCITY AESTHETICS: Beyond Bodies and Compassion." Afterimage 39, no. 1/2 (-07-01, 2011): 54. • Cammaer, Gerda. "Edward Burtynsky's Manufactured Landscapes: The Ethics and Aesthetics of Creating Moving Still Images and Stilling Moving Images of Ecological Disasters." Environmental Communication 3, no. 1 (-03-01, 2009): 121-130, DOI: 10.1080/17524030802700599. • Christy, Matt. "EDWARD BURTYNSKY." Art Papers Magazine (September 2012): 57-58. • Economy, Elizabeth. The River Runs Black: The Environmental Challenge to China's Future. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2004. • Hariman, Robert and John Louis Lucaites. No Caption Needed: Iconic Photographs, Public Culture, and Liberal Democracy. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2007. • Michael Torosian, “The Essential Element: An Interview with Edward Burtynsky”, in Manufactured Landscapes: The Photographs of Edward Burtynsky by Edward Burtynsky, Lori Pauli, Mark Haworth-Booth, Kenneth Baker, and Michael Torosian, 46-55. New Haven: National Gallery of Canada / Yale University Press, 2003. • Ngai, Pun. "Becoming Dagongmei (Working Girls): The Politics of Identity and Difference in Reform China." The China Journal 42, no. 42 (1999): 1-18. • Shapiro, Judith. Mao's War Against Nature: Politics and the Environment in Revolutionary China. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2001. • Sontag, Susan. On Photography. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1977. • Yacavone, Kathrin. Benjamin, Barthes, and the Singularity of Photography. New York: Continuum, 2012.
  11. 11. Websites • Ai Weiwei, He Xie, 2010–. Collection of the artist. Installation view at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C., 2012. Photo: Cathy Carver. • http://www.hirshhorn.si.edu/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/Ai- Weiwei-He-Xie1.jpg • Edward Burtynsky, Edward Burtynsky: Photographic Works, his personal website. • http://www.edwardburtynsky.com/ • Jennifer Baichwal, the interview “Manufactured Landscapes”, tvo docstudio, date unknown. • http://docstudio.tvo.org/story/manufactured-landscapes

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