Snapping at the heels of the recently opened Sargent and the Sea, the Corcoran Gallery of Art have wasted no time in presenting their newest show Edward Burtynsky: Oil, a perfect round up to their fall exhibition season. Opening on October 3rd, Washington Life attended the exclusive private preview showcasing the contemporary photographic works of Canadian born artists Edward Burtynsky. The succinct exhibition title delivers much more than it says on the tin. Showcasing 56 large-scale color photographs, each one tells a different tale of the ‘lifecycle’ of this energy source and the significant role it has played in our ever changing industrial landscape. The literal size and detail of the pieces reflect the scale and importance of this finite resource.