Anatomy of an iPad App: Edward Burtynsky’s Oil Embraces the iPad Format

September 24, 2012

© Melcher Media/photo by Edward Burtynsky

A screen shot from the iPad app Oil, by Edward Burtynsky. 

Oil, photographer Edward Burtynsky’s 218-page book on the culture of oil—from landscapes transformed by oil extraction, to industrial sites built around the refinement and processing of oil, to centers of “motor culture”—sells for $128 and contains 99 photos. This year, Burtynsky and Melcher Media collaborated to produce an iPad app called Oil. It sells for just $9.99 but, says the...

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