“Oil Spill #10, Oil Slick at Rip Tide, Gulf of Mexico, June 24, 2010”

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“Oil Spill #10, Oil Slick at Rip Tide, Gulf of Mexico, June 24, 2010”

“Oil Spill #10, Oil Slick at Rip Tide, Gulf of Mexico, June 24, 2010”

Artist: Edward Burtynsky

Credit information: Photo(s) © Edward Burtynsky, courtesy Howard Greenberg and Bryce Wolkowitz Galleries, New York / Nicholas Metivier Gallery, Toronto.

On April 20, 2010, an explosion on the Deepwater Horizon oil rig set off the world’s largest marine oil spill. The inky ribbons streaking through Edward Burtynsky’s lush seascape testify to people’s complicated relationship with this fossil fuel—a source of both energy and degradation.

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