There's a New York Times article up about photographer Edward Burtynsky, who is probably my favorite photographer working today. Burtynsky makes enormous photographs of industrial incursions into landscapes - places where quarries make mountain ranges suddenly stop, or where massive oil tankers are being disassembled. The trick of Burtynsky's is that he makes these images fascinating and beautiful rather than morbid and foreboding. Nonetheless, the images are derived from horrific environmental destruction, and you don't lose sight of that in the images themselves.
There's a movie about him called "Manufactured Landscapes," and what's below is an excerpt.