Photography. Ben Brody and Edward Burtynksy at Fruitlands Museum on April 17, 2015.
(Harvard, Mass.) Fruitlands Museum presents two new photography exhibitions–Ben Brody: Afghanistan|Endgame and Edward Burtynsky: The Industrial Sublime–on view April 17 through June 21. Fruitlands Museum is open Monday, Wednesday Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. — 4 p.m., weekends and holidays 10 a.m. — 5 p.m. Admission is $14 adults, $12 seniors and students, $6 for children 5 – 13, and free for members and children under 5. Fruitlands Museum is located at 102 Prospect Hill Road in Harvard, Mass.
“We are thrilled to open our 101st main season by presenting two fascinating photography exhibitions. Award-winning Canadian photographer Edward Burtynsky’s The Industrial Sublime is an exhibition of remarkable depictions of global industrial landscapes and the impact we are having on the surface of the planet. Photojournalist and Iraq War veteran Ben Brody’s Afghanistan|Endgame documents the complexities of the American military experience in Afghanistan,” said Fruitlands Chief Curator Michael Volmar.
Ben Brody: Afghanistan|Endgame, April 17 – June 21.
Ben Brody is an American documentary photographer who has covered the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan as both a soldier and a civilian. According to Brody, “Since my first trip to Iraq in 2005 I have been an observer of evolving military culture and doctrine, and how it reflects the changing American character and political identity. In Afghanistan I find a forlorn story of the absurdity, alienation, and unintended consequences of modern war.” Brody’s first solo exhibit, Afghanistan|Endgame is a poignant reflection on his ten years of reporting on war.
Brody’s work in Iraq has been published In Photojournalists on War: The Untold Stories from Iraq, by Michael Kamber and his photo story Endgame: Afghanistan was recognized by the Leica Oskar Barnack Awards and Photolucida’s Critical Mass Awards in 2014. In 2010, he was nominated by GlobalPost for a Pulitzer Prize for Photography. His photographs have been published in The New York Times, Washington Post, USA Today and many others. Based in Massachusetts, Brody works primarily for GlobalPost and The GroundTruth Project. For more about Brody, please visit www.photobrody.com
Edward Burtynsky: The Industrial Sublime, April 17 – June 21.
In The Industrial Sublime, Edward Burtynsky explores the topographical landscape as it has been irrevocably altered by industries that feed the world’s appetite for material goods. Burtynsky finds both attraction and repulsiveness in his depictions of mining, manufacturing, consumption, waste disposal and recycling. Rather than simply decry the human scarring of the land, he acknowledges the conflict between the human need for economic growth and the value of protecting our fragile ecosystem. The photographs in this exhibition show the beauty and ugliness of landscapes that have been altered by human industry.
According to Burtynsky, “Nature transformed through industry is a predominant theme in my work. I set course to intersect with a contemporary view of the great ages of man; from stone, to minerals, oil, transportation, silicon, and so on. To make these ideas visible I search for subjects that are rich in detail and scale yet open in their meaning. Recycling yards, mine tailings, quarries and refineries are all places that are outside of our normal experience, yet we partake of their output on a daily basis.”
Burtynsky is one of Canada’s most respected photographers. His remarkable photographic depictions of global industrial landscapes are included in the collections of over sixty major museums around the world, including the National Gallery of Canada, the Museum of Modern Art, the Guggenheim Museum in New York, the Reina Sofia Museum in Madrid, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in California. For more information, visit www.edwardburtynsky.com
Fruitlands museum website: http://www.fruitlands.org/