Designed and curated by Lélia Wanick Salgado
“Genesis” is a photographic journey into the planet – an expedition to rediscover the mountains, deserts and oceans, the animals and peoples that have so far escaped the imprint of modern society. The land and life of a still pristine planet. Yet “Genesis” is also a project that speaks urgently to our own age. By portraying the breathtaking beauty of a “lost” world that somehow survives, it proclaims: this is what is in peril; this is what we must save.
“Genesis” is Sebastião Salgado’s third long-term exploration of global issues, following “Workers” and “Migrations”, his examinations of the human toll wrought by radical economic and social change. This time, he is addressing our natural environment in offering a love poem in images to the majesty and fragility of our planet.
Working as always in black-and-white, Salgado has built his dossier during more than 30 different trips to distant corners of the globe. Each sortie from his base in Paris took several weeks and involved light aircraft, helicopters, seagoing vessels and canoes as well as long hikes through very difficult terrain in extremes of heat and cold. Having begun these voyages in 2004, Salgado has completed “Genesis” at the end of 2011.
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