Edward Burtynsky is a Canadian photographer who has devoted his career to capturing the collective impact we as a species are having on the surface of the planet.
Edward Burtynsky is a Canadian photographer who has devoted his career to capturing the collective impact we as a species are having on the surface of the planet. Image: Supplied
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Edward Burtynsky is one of the world’s most accomplished contemporary photographers. His remarkable depictions of global industrial landscapes represent 40 years dedicated to bearing witness to the impact of humans on the planet. His photographs are displayed in over 60 of the world’s major museums and most recently he was awarded the Outstanding Contribution to Photography (2022) title by the World Photography Organisation.

Many of Burtynsky’s most impactful images have now been collected and choreographed to an original score to create In the Wake of Progress, a moving digital art experience tracking humanity’s impact on the planet. Premiering at Luminato Festival Toronto in June 2022, In the Wake of Progress now comes to Sydney, and along with it – Edward himself. Hear about the life and work of this extraordinary artist in his own words when he settles in for a conversation with ABC Radio’s James Valentine.

This event will be livestreamed. Closed captions will be available via a QR code scanned on your own device onsite.



Edward Burtynsky

Award-winning landscape photographer, Edward Burtynsky
Award-winning landscape photographer, Edward Burtynsky. Image: Authorised by Sydney Festival
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Edward Burtynsky is a Canadian photographer who has devoted his career to capturing the collective impact we as a species are having on the surface of the planet.

His large-scale works feature in collections across the world including the National Gallery of Canada, the Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Guggenheim Museum in New York, the Reina Sofia Museum in Madrid, the Tate Modern in London, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in California.


James Valentine

ABC Radio Sydney breakfast host, James Valentine.
ABC Radio Sydney breakfast host, James Valentine. Image: Authorised by Sydney Festival
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James Valentine presents breakfast on ABC Radio Sydney every weekday. He has been a broadcaster for thirty years and is occasionally at other points a musician and a writer.


Presented in partnership with the Australian Museum and Sydney Festival.



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