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Sebastião Salgado. Genesis

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After Workers (1993) and Migrations (2000), Genesis is Sebastião Salgado’s third long-term project, featuring a monumental portfolio of nature, animals, and indigenous peoples that reveal the earth in all the precious splendor of its pristine state. In characteristic monochrome, this XL-sized collection is truly breathtaking, replete with stunning panoramas as much as the most intricate textures and details of our natural world.
Hardcover with 17 fold-outs9.6 x 14.0 in.8.33 lb520 pages
“Salgado delivers another masterpiece.”
The Independent
“A true book for the ages.”
GENESIS honors its biblical antecedent… there could be no more powerful reminder of all that we stand to lose.”
The New York Times
GENESIS... a biblical title that suits the majesty of his subjects and offers the work as a beautifully articulated prayer for preservation and respect.”
The Los Angeles Times
“...a tribute to the diversity of planet earth.”
The Wall Street Journal
GENESIS will further cement Salgado’s reputation as one if the most significant photographers of his age.”
The Daily Telegraph
XL books are at least 34 cm (13.4 in.) high, with the exception of landscape-format titles
Sebastião Salgado. GENESIS

Sebastião Salgado. GENESIS


Salgado's love letter to the planet

The companion volume to the world’s best attended photo show

Sebastião Salgado’s masterpiece Genesis is the result of an epic eight-year 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. The Genesis project, along with the Salgados’ Instituto Terra, is dedicated to showing the beauty of our planet, reversing the damage done to it, and preserving it for the future.

On over 30 trips—by foot, light aircraft, boats, canoes, and even balloons, through extreme temperatures and in sometimes dangerous conditions—Salgado has created a collection of images showing us nature, animals, and indigenous peoples in such intense beauty it takes our breath away. The reach is truly global. Through Salgado’s lens, one discovers the animal species and volcanoes of the Galápagos; the penguins, sea lions, cormorants, and whales of the South Atlantic; Brazilian alligators and jaguars; and African lions, leopards, and elephants. We travel over icebergs in the Antarctic, the volcanoes of Central Africa, the ravines of the Grand Canyon, and the glaciers of Alaska. We encounter the Stone Age Korowai people of West Papua, nomadic Dinka cattle farmers in Sudan, Nenets and their reindeer herds in the Arctic Circle, as well as the Mentawai jungle communities on islands west of Sumatra.

In characteristic monochrome, Salgado’s painterly notes are perfectly tuned to these sublime scenes, capturing sweeping aerial panoramas as much as the most intricate details and textures, from a reptilian skin to the fur coat of the Nenet people of northern Siberia. The exquisitely reproduced images are arranged not by theme but rather conceived as a journey around the globe, immersing them in Salgado’s vision of the Earth’s mesmerizing scale, order, and beauty.


Founded in 1998 at Aimorés in the state of Minas Gerais, Instituto Terra is the culmination of Lélia Wanick Salgado and Sebastião Salgado’s lifelong activism and work as cultural documentarians. Through a scientific program of planting and raising saplings, the organization has performed a miraculous reforestation of the once infertile region and furthered the Salgados’ mission of reversing the damage done to our planet. TASCHEN is proud to reach carbon zero status through our continued partnership.

The photographer

Sebastião Salgado began his career as a professional photographer in Paris in 1973 and subsequently worked with the photo agencies Sygma, Gamma, and Magnum Photos. In 1994, he and his wife Lélia Wanick Salgado created Amazonas Images, which is today their studio, and exclusively handles his work. Salgado’s photographic projects have been featured in many exhibitions as well as books, including Sahel. L’Homme en détresse (1986), Other Americas (1986), Terra (1997), Migrations (2000), The Children (2000), Africa (2007), Genesis (2013), The Scent of a Dream (2015), Kuwait. A Desert on Fire (2016), Gold (2019) and Amazônia (2021).

The editor and author

Lélia Wanick Salgado studied architecture and urban planning in Paris. Her interest in photography started in 1970. In the 1980s, she began to conceive and design the majority of Sebastião Salgado’s photography books and all of the exhibitions of his work. 

Sebastião Salgado. Genesis
Hardcover with 17 fold-outs24.3 x 35.5 cm3.78 kg520 pages

ISBN 978-3-8365-3872-5

Edition: English

ISBN 978-3-8365-4260-9

Edition: Spanish

ISBN 978-3-8365-4261-6

Edition: French
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111 Ratings

A masterful collection of gorgeous photographs

DNT,November 7, 2021
The photographs in this book reflect not only Sebastião Salgado's mastery of photography but also his deep reverence towards the ecology of the planet. Page after page of stunning images will take your breath away. These are gorgeous photographs beautifully presented. A must have for any fan of Salgado's work. Well done, Taschen.

As always incredible

Maxime,November 6, 2021
Sebastao Salgado always made incredible pictures, but this book is amazing because for the first time Sebastao Salgado shows the beauty of world.

Absolutely Wonderful

Eric,November 4, 2021
Beautiful work and exemplary printing job by Taschen!

Genesis by Salgado

Stephanie P.,November 4, 2021
Salgado books are more than stunning photographies, it's an experience. It teleports you to that moment, like you're there seeing it with his own eyes. So I ended up getting another one, GOLD. Both pieces of art!

Voyage into beautiful unknown

Silvestar,November 4, 2021
Masterful photography accompanied by textual presentation of important subjects.

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