2021 THEME OF THE YEAR
Edward Burtynsky is regarded as one of the world's most accomplished contemporary photographers. His remarkable photographic depictions of global industrial landscapes represent over 40 years of his dedication to bearing witness to the impact of humans on the planet. Burtynsky's photographs are included in the collections of over 60 major museums around the worldMajor (touring) exhibitions include: Anthropocene (2018), Water (2013) organized by the New Orleans Museum of Art & Contemporary Art Center, Louisiana; Oil (2009) at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington D.C.; China (2005 five-year tour); and Manufactured Landscapes (2003), National Gallery of Canada. Film collaborations include: Jennifer Baichwal's Manufactured Landscapes (2006); Watermark (2013); and the third film in the trilogy, ANTHROPOCENE: The Human Epoch which opened in theatres across Canada in October 2018 and in theatres across the US in September 2019. Burtynsky’s distinctions include: the inaugural TED Prize in 2005, which he shared with Bono and Robert Fischell; the Governor General’s Awards in Visual and Media Arts; the Outreach award at the Rencontres d’Arles; the Roloff Beny Book award; and the 2018 Photo London Master of Photography Award. In 2019 he was the recipient of the Arts & Letters Award at the Canadian Association of New York’s annual Maple Leaf Ball and the 2019 Lucie Award for Achievement in Documentary Photography. Most recently he was awarded a Royal Photographic Society Honorary Fellowship (2020). He currently holds eight honorary doctorate degrees. Edward Burtynsky shares how COVID-19 changed his plans, and as a result, his body of work.
B3K Talks // Edward Burtynsky Interview
Adam Shoalts is a professional explorer, adventurer, and #1 national bestselling author. He was raised in Pelham and attended E.W. Farr, Pelham Centre, and E.L. Crossley Secondary School. His newest book, Beyond the Trees, tells the story of his nearly 4,000 kilometre journey alone across Canada's Arctic and was a #1 bestseller on Amazon.
Shoalts is an explorer-in-residence of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society and has a Ph.d. from McMaster University. His other books include A History of Canada in 10 Maps and Alone Against the North, both also national bestsellers.