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Stunning Visuals Reveal the Extent of Progress in Sub-Saharan Africa


Africa, the birthplace of humanity, has played a significant role in our species’ history and development. Today, it is on the verge of becoming the next major industrial hotspot due to its untapped resources. However, economic growth comes at a cost, leading to resource depletion.

African Studies by Edward Burtynsky

Renowned artist and photographer Edward Burtynsky spent four years capturing the landscapes of sub-Saharan Africa. Using drones and aircraft, he beautifully depicts the scale of change happening in the continent. Regarding Africa, Burtynsky states, “Africa… now stands as a final destination for the complex arc of globalism.”

Saltworks in Senegal

The images showcase two saltworks in Senegal, the largest producer of salt in West Africa. These human-made ponds near Naglou Sam Sam and Tikat Banguel receive saltwater from nearby canals. As the water evaporates, it leaves behind salt, creating ponds with vibrant hues due to minerals, pigments, and algae.

Saltworks in Namibia

Namibia also contributes to Africa’s salt production, with a saltworks located in Swakopmund.

The Sishen Iron Ore Mine

In South Africa, Burtynsky captures the Sishen iron ore mine near the town of Kathu. This mine is one of the world’s largest producers of iron ore, an essential material for steel production.

Exhibition and Availability

Burtynsky’s captivating images will be exhibited at the Flowers Gallery in London from 14 October to 19 November.

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