Edward Burtynsky and Manufactured Landscapes

December 7, 2007 at 12:25 am (amazing things, art, environment, frightening things, injustice, movies/video/clips) (, , , , , , )

Today in one of my classes we watched about 30 minutes of the film Manufactured Landscapes, a documentary about Edward Burtynsky and his photography, which exposes and explores globalized industry’s effects on the world’s environment. Both the movie and the images that inspired it are visually striking and emotionally haunting. This is definitely something I must see in its entirety. Disruptively upsetting, but mesmerizing and, in an almost perverse sense, beautiful.

(Not sure I’m completely on board with the “no right or wrong way to look at this” sentiment, but, okay.)

Another thing the film does well (at least in the small portion I’ve seen, and corroborated by a classmate’s post-viewing comments), intentionally or not, is to highlight the role played by economic superpowers (hint: US) and the necessitation of severely oppressive class exploitation for the current mode of industrial resource extraction and production to work (maybe that’s a “duh,” but the inescapable visual depiction really enforces and confirms that understanding).

Can’t go wrong with this one, I don’t think.



  1. Daisy said,

    We should rent that and watch it over break if at all possible.

  2. Emily said,


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