Edward Burtynsky Collection
This selection is drawn from a multiyear donation of works by celebrated Canadian photographer (and Ryerson University alumnus) Edward Burtynsky, whose iconic images have brought global attention to the impacts of human industry on the natural landscape. The first instalment of Burtynsky's gift, announced in 2020, includes 142 of his earliest images, created between 1970 and 1989. The second instalment, presented to the RIC in 2021, comprises 59 images created between 1991 and 1999, illustrating Burtynsky’s artistic development and the signature concepts and techniques that have earned him widespread international acclaim.
Each annual donation will represent another chronological stage of Burtynsky’s career, resulting in a collection that spans five-plus decades of photography on a range of subjects, including industrial manufacturing; landscapes altered for the economic exploitation of oil, water, stone, and other resources; waste and recycling; and the incursion of transportation routes in nature. At the culmination of Burtynsky's generous donation, the Ryerson Image Centre will be home to the world’s largest and most comprehensive institutional collection of this important artist's work.