Photography Students Explore Humans’ Effect on the Globe with “Anthropocene”

The purpose of the class visit was to view the work of award-winning Canadian photographer (and past Greenwood parent), Edward Burtynsky. The exhibit featured many large-scaled photography prints which allowed students to examine Burtynsky’s work in fine detail.

“Anthropocene” focuses on the effects of human industrialization and extraction on the planet. Burtynsky’s photographs present the realities and severity of issues including ivory poaching, clear cutting, fracking and mining, and how large-scale these issues are.

Students picked one image that really engaged them and will write a photo critique and analysis on their selected photograph, exploring technical, compositional, and narrative elements.

The class trip to the AGO presented brilliant photographs in new format, and hopefully inspired the students to think about how art and photography can be utilized to inspire change and expose critical issues.
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