“Chino Mine #5, Silver City, New Mexico, USA, 2012”
Burtynsky and his crew couldn’t get permission to visit the Chino copper mine, which has been in operation since 1910. Instead, he hired a pilot with a Cessna. They flew back and forth over the pit, which stretches for nearly three kilometres and is more than 400 metres deep. The resulting photos show Burtynsky at his most abstract, capturing undulating forms and magnificent gradations of colour.