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First edition, first printing. Limited edition of 20 copies (Second Variant Edition issued for the Charles Cowles Gallery consists of copies numbered 161-180/200), with an original giclée print on Arches paper. The print is mounted in a custom quarter-bound cloth and paper-covered presentation folio. Hardcover. Quarter-bound in black cloth and paper-covered boards with title stamped in gray on cover; with printed, tipped-on label on spine; no dust jacket as issued. The book and print folio are contained in a paper-covered slipcase. Photographs by Edward Burtynsky. Essay by Michael Torosian. 56 pp., with 25 four-color stochastic varnished plates printed on Utopia Premium ivory paper. Text composed in Linotype Optima and Palatino and hand printed letterpress on Hahnemühle Biblio paper. Book 9-1/4 x 7-5/8 inches; slipcase 9-1/2 x 7-3/4 inches. From the publisher: "Since the inception of photography, the landscape has largely been a genre concerned with the contemplation of sublime nature. By the late twentieth century, however, the seismic effects wrought by industry demanded a new vision. For the last twenty years this has been the artistic concern of photographer Edward Burtynsky. Burtynsky characterizes his theme as, 'the landscape changed in the pursuit of progress.' Working with a large-format view camera, Burtynsky has journeyed from the mines of Sudbury to the marble quarries of Italy. And what he found in the aftermath of the extraction of resources, the effluence of industry and the reclamation of materials was the 'residual landscape,' a poetic document embedded with metaphors for architecture, archeology and art."
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