Edward Burtynsky: Salt Pans (Signed)
Salt Pans is Edward Burtynsky’s newest book in his acclaimed ongoing series of photographs exploring different industrialized landscapes across the world. Consisting of 31 aerial photos of the salt pans in the Little Rann of Kutch, the project is the result of months of intricate negotiations and preparations. These striking geometric images, taken in an intense ten-day period during which Burtynsky photographed from a helicopter, present the pans, wells and vehicle tracks as abstract, painterly patterns: subtly colored rectangles crossed by grids of gestural lines.
And yet the reality behind the ironic beauty of Burtynsky’s pictures is a harsh one. Each year 100,000 poorly paid Agariya workers toil in the pans, extracting over a million tons of salt from the floodwaters of the nearby Arabian Sea. Furthermore, receding groundwater levels, combined with debt, diminishing market values as well as a lack of governmental support, threaten the future of this 400-year-old tradition and the lives dependent on it.
Edward Burtynsky will be signing copies of his brand new book Anthropocene and a selection of his other titles in the Bookshop Wednesday 17 October 16.30-17.30.
If you are unavailable to make it to the event signed copies of his books are available to pre-order.
Title: Salt Pans - Little Rann of Kutch, Gujarat, India
Publisher: Steidl, 2016
Author: Edward Burtynsky
Photographer: Edward Burtynsky
Graphic Design: -
Size: 29.2 x 36.8 cm, 60 pages