Edward Burtynsky was born in St. Catharine’s, Ontario and studied at Ryerson University in Toronto and Niagara College in Welland. Early links to his industrial photography can be linked to the General Motors plant in his hometown; he is best known for his large-scale vivid images of industry and nature. His work examines the raw elements of industrial processes in the modern landscape and the resulting images present unexpected moments of beauty. His series Manufactured Landscapes also resulted in a documentary film, and his series have toured internationally and been published in a series of books. A recent series of works included aerial photographs of the oil spill from the Deep Horizon rig.