Energy and Environment Reporting for Texas

In Photos: The Impact of Oil


Oil prices are finally going down (for the moment, anyways) but this year has been pretty painful at the pump. While price is most on our minds, there’s also plenty to think about with the production and impact of oil.

A new art app for the iPad aims to get viewers to think deeper on the subject.

The new app is simply called “Edward Burtynsky: Oil,” and features over a hundred images by the renowned photographer of industry. (Nearly a quarter of the images have counterpart audio-commentary by the artist). The app coincides with exhibitions of the same work at The Photographers’ Gallery in London (there’s video of that on the app, too) and at the Nevada Museum of Art in Reno starting June 9. The goal? To get people to think more about the oil industry’s impact. 

Burtynsky looks at oil internationally, paying particular attention to issues like extraction and refinement, how transportation affects culture, and the “end of oil.” That section shows what happens when tankers get stripped, tires get scrapped, and wells run dry. (You can see a slideshow of some of Burtnysky’s images in the app above.)

Houston oil refineries are among those featured in the exhibit. You can learn more on Burtynsky’s website.

Lily Primeaux is an intern with StateImpact Texas. 


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