The Easel

6th November 2018

Striking photos of human scars on earth

‘Post-industrial sublime’ is a neat phrase coined to describe Burtinsky’s large format images of landscapes blighted by human activity. They often have an abstract beauty that, once the image is fully recognized, gives way to an “ominous documentary undertow.” Burtinsky admits “I’ve become hardened like a war photographer”. An interview with Burtinsky is here.

‘I Like Your Photographs Because They Are Beautiful’

A remembrance by Nobel laureate Pamuk of the renowned Turkish photographer – and fellow resident of Istanbul – Ara Guler. “There is no end to beautiful cityscapes in Istanbul, but first, the individuals! The crucial, defining characteristic of an Ara Guler photograph is the emotional correlation he draws between cityscapes and individuals.”