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Manufactured Landscapes

I’ve been looking out for this film for some time, and it finally arrives in London this month. It follows on rather nicely from our previous post on e-waste.  Edward Burtynsky is a Canadian photographer who specialises in man-made landscapes of the worst kind – the unseen face of consumer culture. It may be huge factory floors, piles of spent tyres, or a quarry, all printed up on a large and striking scale.

Documentary maker Jennifer Baichwal traces his journey around China in the film Manufactured Landscapes, capturing the flipside of China’s rush to industrialise.

If you get a chance, get out and see it. You still might need to seek out a smaller theatre, but it should be worth the effort.

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