Sunday, 20 May 2012

Burtynsky at The Photographers Gallery

Good news for photography fans: The Photographers Gallery has finally reopened after a long period of renovation. Irish architects O'Donnell + Tuomey have created several new floors of exhibition space and overhauled much of the building - it is clean and crisp while remaining understated, allowing you to focus on the work on show.

Although some have described the decision to host Ed Burtynsky's OIL photographs as a little predictable or safe for their re-launch, I'm certainly not complaining - it is quite simply fantastic. Burtynsky has long been tracking the process and impact of extracting and using oil, and imbues his large-scale photographs with a real sense of the sublime - shock and awe, horror and beauty all at once. Make sure you don't miss the exhibition.

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