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The Most Beautiful Thing in the World Today: Water

From up above, photographer Edward Burtynsky lenses dramatic perspectives of water ecosystems in nature and man-made environments

A fantastic aerial shot of Iceland’s Dyralaekir River on display for last weekend’s Paris Photo Fair in L.A. pointed us towards photographer Edward Burtynsky’s Water project. The river photo is just one image in a series of intricately detailed large-format photographs of natural and man-made bodies of water, taken to portray humanity’s semi-bizarre relationship to the natural resource. Also part of the project is Burtynsky’s fifth book, Burtynsky – Water, and a documentary titled Watermark, shot in 5K ultra high-definition video with award-winning filmmakers Jennifer Baichwal and Nick de Pencier. Check out a trailer for the film below, and more images by Burtynsky.

Stepwell #2, Panna Meena, Amber, Rajasthan, India 9/9, 2010

Stepwell 2, Panna Meena, Amber, Rajasthan, India 9/9, 2010

Pivot Irrigation / Suburb, South of Yuma, Arizona, USA 2/12, 2011

Pivot Irrigation / Suburb, South of Yuma, Arizona, USA 2/12, 2011

Kumbh Mela #2, Allahabad, India, 2013

Kumbh Mela 2, Allahabad, India, 2013

 Thjorsa River #1, Iceland, 2012

Thjorsa River 1, Iceland, 2012

 

Watch a trailer for Watermark below:

All images © Edward Burtynsky, courtesy Howard Greenberg Gallery and Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery, New York.

 

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