Quarries By Edward Burtynsky | Photography Book Recommendation

Written by Joelcy Kay

Editor & Curator of Edge of Humanity Magazine


Artistically speaking Edward Burtynsky’s Quarries is about patterns. These geometric indentations after excavation create a new rock formation. Even though white, black, and rust, seem to occupy most of the frame. These are intense colors giving rise to creativity and inspiration.

As these gigantic rocks wait to become building materials with the next excavation, they are art pieces taking their last breath of life. Images on pages 41, 43, and 45 display just that. My favorite is page 55, depicting diagonal patterns and a green water base.

Pages 66 through 69 showcase unusual landscapes with deep colors.  It is like looking at Rembrandt of rock formations or should I say deformations.

It is not until the eye of the viewer finds a human within these images that the understanding of the scale of these monumental and fast industrial landscapes kicks in.

While the underground landscapes resemble our thoughts of places on other planets, the site of a tall wooden ladder found in the mix of large-scale excavation equipment is unnerving. At first, the equipment on the ground looks like play toys.  But on page 47, which depicts 3 ladders reaching higher and higher levels on the face of a rock is that the thought of dangerous work conditions comes to mind. The closer images depicting working areas are confusing, overwhelming, and otherworldly.

Edward Burtynsky Quarries documents these enormous places around the world where earth gives us material to build the cities, we live in.  Quarries bring to life unexpected images, landscapes, and activities that we never think about it; it’s an eye opener to understanding the fundamentals of building, through revealing images that excites the mind.

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Are you looking to have a published review of your Photo Book?

  Edge of Humanity Magazine’s curator is now reviewing photo books. Joelcy Kay (the curator of Edge of Humanity Magazine and the NO MIDDLEMAN ART GALLERY) has written many reviews for books in the Edge of Humanity Magazine’s Photography Book Collection and now she is available to write yours.  

Here are some of her book recommendations:


Curse Of The Black Gold

50 Years Of Oil In The Niger Delta

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Living Faith

Inside the Muslim World of Southeast Asia

By Steve Raymer

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Under A Grudging Sun

By Alex Webb

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Peoples Of The Omo Valley

By Hans Silvester

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By Edward Burtynsky

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Figments From The Real World

By Garry Winogrand

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You can choose to have your (Photography Book Recommendation By Edge Of Humanity Magazine) published on the Edge of Humanity Magazine or at the NO MIDDLEMAN ART GALLERY Visual ART Blog.  For more information on this new service please email Joelcy at  jo@edgeofhumanity.com .



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The NO MIDDLEMAN ART GALLERY is designed to connect art seekers and collectors with artists DIRECTLY.  The gallery is not a mall, but instead a collection of remarkable works of art that bring together artists and potential buyers.

Following Edge of Humanity Magazine‘s footsteps of publishing unparalleled content from artists and photographers worldwide, the NO MIDDLEMAN ART GALLERY is on a mission to provide it’s viewers art that is unique and diverse.


Written By Joelcy Kay – Curator

Every piece of art, crafts, or textiles, hanging on my walls or ceiling tells a tiny passage of my life.  Most of it was acquired during my travels.  Many of these treasures are damaged whether because they were broken on arrival, as the pieces were tightly stuffed into my backpack, or weathered by the unforgiving Florida tropical humidity.  But in the end, they are my precious processions and they are part of the stories I tell.  It feels good to have rugs hanging from the ceiling, masks on the walls, and drinking my morning coffee thinking of the mugs’ tale.  The point here is that art has a lot to offer each one of us; ART IS VERY PERSONAL!

The NO MIDDLEMAN ART GALLERY offers that personal experience as the individual has the opportunity to buy the art from the creator and by doing so a new event to remember is born. When you hang the work of art on your wall there is a story behind it; an artist you now know and follow.  And instead of the usual “I purchased this at “WWW(BIG BIG ART STORE).COM”  the connection enriches the emotional value of your art piece.


The gallery is designed to connect the art seekers and collectors with artists directly. We offer artists a COMMISSION FREE / CONTRACT FREE online platform to sell their creations and engage with their clients using portfolio pages that are engaging with large images and a dramatic black background.

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