Edward Burtynsky is a Canadian photographer known internationally for his images on the shaping of landscape by industry. His photographs explore links between nature and industrial processes of mining, quarrying, manufacturing, shipping, oil production, recycling and water management. A graduate of Ryerson University, Burtynsky is also the founder of Toronto Image Works, the custom photo and digital imaging centre that has served Toronto’s photography community since the 1980s. His exhibition “Manufactured Landscapes,” organized by the National Gallery of Canada, toured from 2003 to 2005. A succeeding exhibition, “China,” toured from 2005 to 2008, while his “Oil” survey, still in circulation, began touring in 2009. In 2014 he mounted an exhibition at the Vancouver Art Gallery of works created from 1983 and 2013, representing work from all of his key bodies of work. Represented in the collections of more than 50 major museums—the Bibliothèque Nationale, the Museum of Modern Art, the Guggenheim Museum, the Reina Sofia, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art among them—Burtynsky is also the subject of the award-winning Jennifer Baichwal film Manufactured Landscapes (2006). His professional distinctions include a TED Prize, the Rencontres d’Arles Outreach Award and the International Center of Photography’s Infinity Award. In 2006, he was awarded the title of Officer of the Order of Canada.
As a young boy, Paul, a Canadian-born Arctic ecosystem specialist and marine biologist, moved to Baffin Island and spent his childhood among the Inuit people. From them he learned the love of nature, the understanding of icy ecosystems, and the survival skills that have turned him into one of the most successful wildlife and nature photographers of our generation.
As an assignment photographer for National Geographic magazine, Nicklen has produced 20 stories covering a variety of issues related to conservation and natural history—from the slaughter of narwhals to salmon farming to the importance of sea ice and polar ecosystems in this new climate era. Despite the personal peril he often faces while working in some of the planet’s most remote and harsh environments, Nicklen travels constantly in search of meaningful stories that can help touch people’s emotions and help the public at large connect with Earth’s marine and polar realms.
Elizabeth Gadd, a 22 year old photographer with a calm demeanour, is based just outside of Vancouver, Canada. Having grown up in this beautiful area, she fell easily in love with the surrounding forests, hills, mountains and ocean – All of which are heavily incorporated in her photography.
Lizzy started her venture into photography in 2007 when she became intrigued by taking photos of nature and animals (still a big part of her life). She grew more passionate about photography in 2010 when she decided to step out of her comfort zone and take a self-portrait everyday for a year. Upon completing this 365 project, she discovered her niche, which is as she once best described it: “I, uh… shoot landscapey stuff… with people in them.” So there you have it! She works to display human interaction with nature in a positive and peaceful way, and hopes that it will leave her viewers feeling refreshed and inspired.
Lizzy enjoys spending her time hiking with her two dogs and her camera, as well as travelling, writing, painting, and attempting to make it in this world as an artist. If she’s not doing any of the aforementioned, you can usually find her on a couch somewhere eating lots of chocolate.