The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York acquires photograph by Edward Burtynsky

Edward Burtynsky, Lithium Mines #2, Salt Flats, Atacama Desert, Chile, 2017
The Nicholas Metivier Gallery is pleased to announce that Lithium Mines #2 by Edward Burtynsky has been acquired by The Metropolitan Museum of Art as part of their permanent collection. The Met's Department of Photographs houses a collection of more than 75,000 works spanning the history of photography from its invention in the 1830s to the present.

Lithium Mines #2 is part of Burtynsky's Anthropocene series, which debuted in 2018. For Anthropocene, Burtynsky traveled around the world to document extreme examples of humankind's mark on our planet. Captured from his signature aerial perspective, the lithium mines located in Chile's Atacama Desert are some of the largest known reserves in the world. As water evaporates from the lithium ponds the colours change from deep blue to turquoise.

Burtynsky's photographs are included in the collections of over sixty major museums around the world, including the National Gallery of Canada; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Reina Sofia Museum, Madrid; the Tate Modern, London and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, California.

For inquiries, please contact Caroline Pearson, (416) 205-9000.
Edward Burtynsky with drone pilot Mike Reid on location at the lithium mines in Chile
Photograph: Jim Panou, courtesy of Anthropocene Films Inc. © 2018
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