edward burtynsky: photography, film, and the politics of nature
Photography, Film, and the Politics of Nature
Presenter: Shuting Zeng Advisor: Prof. Alan Braddock
Photography and Film
Edward Burtynsky Jennifer Baichwal: the Directress
• 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
• an active reading of photography
• an incorporation of photography into multi-
Compassion and Pity only Sociological Imagination
Bodies of Federal Soldiers Killed at
Edward Burtynsky, Deda Chicken
Processing Plant, Dehui City, Jilin Province,
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 Carver
Ai Weiwei, He Xie, 2010–
Edward Burtynsky, Feng Jie #4,
Three Gorges Dam Project, Yangtze River, 2002
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• Michael Torosian, “The Essential Element: An Interview with Edward Burtynsky”, in
Manufactured Landscapes: The Photographs of Edward Burtynsky by Edward Burtynsky, Lori
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• 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.
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docstudio, date unknown.