Edward Burtynsky’s Shipbreaking #3 is an enigmatic photo of a partially deconstructed ship in glorious late evening or early morning sunshine. The single figure holding an umbrella against the sun’s rays belies the difficulty and danger of salvaging ship materials for resale. According to the artist, “These images are meant as metaphors to the dilemma of our modern existence; they search for a dialogue between attraction and repulsion, seduction and fear…”
Burtynsky has received major acclaim for two of his books, China (2005) and Quarries (2007), and the documentary film on his work, Manufactured Landscapes. He is an Officer of the Order of Canada. He was born in St. Catharines, Ontario and currently lives and works in Toronto.