Encountering Edward Burtynsky's In the Wake of Progress

Nonscripted  COMMERCIAL  Documentary 

About the

40 years in the making, renowned Canadian photographer Edward Burtynsky's In the Wake of Progress is a multimedia project that bears witness to the impact of human industry on the planet. The project made its world premiere with Luminato Festival Toronto as a free outdoor experience, filling the immense digital screens surrounding Yonge-Dundas Square, in a fully choreographed blend of photographs and film, with a staggering musical score. In the Wake of Progress challenges us to have an important conversation about our legacy and the future implications of sustainable life on Earth.


In the Wake of Progress
Conceived, Directed, Photographed & Filmed By

In the Wake of Progress

Edward Burtynsky 
Bob Ezrin
Julia Johnston
Celia Smith (CEO, Luminato Festival Toronto)
Naomi Campbell (Artistic Director, Luminato Festival Toronto)


Bokeh Studios

Commissioned and Co-Produced by


Kris Elsley


Rob Brunner & Justin Harding

Co-Director of Photography

Joe Queenan

Post-Production Producer & Supervisor

Dana Alexander


Justin Harding

Composer & Sound Design

Phil Strong

Music Featuring

Musicians of the Glenn Gould School


Byungchan Lee...Violinist
Kayla Balan...Young Girl
Peter Higgonson...Bird Feeder
Pulga Muchochoma...Dancer
Adonis Stella...Shopping Couple (Man)
Kavisha Patel...Shopping Couple (Woman)
Fay Ebert...Skateboarder
Norris McLean...Chess Player #1
Murli Nedungadi...Chess Player #2


23 mins 29 secs



"Thank you for all of your hard work in bringing Encountering 'Edward Burtynsky's In the Wake of Progress', a Film by Bokeh Studios' to life. Despite the challenges, we were able to create something truly impactful and I want to thank you and your whole team for making this possible. I appreciate the high level of professionalism, creativity, and skill that Bokeh Collective exemplified throughout the production process, you were all a joy to work with and I hope we are able to collaborate again in the future."

Edward Burtynsky, Canadian Photographer

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