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Edward Burtynsky: Economies of Scale

…A believer in the concept of

What will the world look like after oil is used up? Burtynsky found the answer in Azerbijan were he photographed former oil fields and offshore rigs abandoned by the Soviets after the deposits were sucked dry. He photographed a repository for decommissioned military aircraft, which sit in vast rows in the Arizona desert. Scenes of shipbreaking in Bangladesh, and photographs of mountains of old tires and automobile parts also hint at life after oil.

Though Burtynsky prefers to leave his images open to interpretation, the urgency of the subject of oil pushes him toward advocacy, he says.

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