Born in 1955 in St. Catharines, Ontario, Burtynsky is a graduate of
Ryerson University and Niagara College. He links his early exposure to the
sites and images of the General Motors plant in his hometown to the development
of his photographic work. His imagery explores the intricate link between
industry and nature, combining the raw elements of mining, quarrying,
manufacturing, shipping, oil production and recycling into eloquent, highly
expressive visions that find beauty and humanity in the most unlikely of
places. He is one of Canada's most respected contemporary photographers whose
work supporting a sustainable global village has earned him worldwide acclaim.
His remarkable photographic depictions of global industrial landscapes are
included in the collections of many major museums around the world. In 2006 he
was awarded the title of Officer of the Order of Canada.