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Burtynsky, Edward (Photographer); Dault, Gary Michael & Lachner, Lucas (Contributors). BEFORE THE FLOOD: PHOTOGRAPHS BY EDWARD BURTYNSKY. Toronto, Canada: Mira Godard Gallery, 2003. Softcover. First Edition/First Printing. 32 pages. Fine.

Exhibition Catalog. Retrospective collection of landscape and place photographs in color. One of the most important photography books of our time. The first and only edition. Published in a small and limited first print run as a softcover original only. There is no ISBN. The First Edition is now rare. An austerely elegant production by Edward Burtynsky and Bhandari & Plater: Oversize-volume format. Pictorial softcovers with titles on the cover, as issued. Photographs by Edward Burtynsky. Essays by Gary Michael Dault and Lucas Lachner. Printed on pristine-white, thick coated stock paper by C. J. Graphics, Inc. Printers And Lithographers Toronto, Canada to the highest standards. Without DJ, as issued. Presents Edward Burtynsky's "Before The Flood". Images of monumental destruction and ruin that amount to a photographic indictment of China's pursuit of Technology and Progress at all cost. Destruction and displacement precede all new construction, in this instance, the Three Gorges Dam Project. Hence the ironic title. "Concerns itself with landscape changed in the pursuit of Progress. Upon completion in 2009, The Three Gorges Dam will be the largest concrete structure in the world, producing 84.7 billion kilowatt hours per year. As with his other series, Burtynsky has produced troubling and strikingly beautiful photographs, both rich in detail and exactingly composed, that chronicle humankind's ever larger impact on the environment" (Publisher's blurb). A hydroelectric dam that spans the Yangtze River, The Three Gorges Dam, as finally completed in 2012, is, by far, the world's largest power station. The Chinese Government regards the project as a world-historical engineering, social, and economic success, particularly its humongous, state-of-the-art turbines. However, the dam flooded 8, 000 archaeological and cultural sites, displaced 1.8 million people, and will continually cause major ecological damage, including the heightened risk of fatal landslides. The dam has been an extremely controversial subject among the Chinese people and abroad. Burtynsky's prescient images not only speak for themselves, they tell the truth. An absolute "must-have" title for Edward Burtynsky collectors. This copy of the Exhibition Catalog is very prominently, neatly, and beautifully signed in black ink-pen on the title page by Edward Burtynsky. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. This title is a contemporary photography classic. As far as we know, this is one of only two such signed copies of the First Edition/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Please note: Most copies available online have serious flaws. The other signed copy is for $300. This is surely an accessible and lovely alternative. A rare signed copy thus. 21 color plates, 2 black-and-white illustrations. One of the most brilliant photographers of landscape and place of our time. A fine collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER EDWARD BURTYNSKY TITLE IN OUR CATALOG). $200.00

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