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Sebastião Salgado. Genesis

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Genesis is Sebastião Salgado’s love letter to the planet, 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 SUMO-sized collection is truly breathtaking, replete with stunning panoramas as much as the most intricate textures and details of our natural world.

Collector’s Edition (No. 501–3,000), numbered and signed by Sebastião Salgado

Edition of 2,500Hardcover, two vols. with book stand18.4 x 27.6 in.123.46 lb704 pages
“It is the mission of shining light on injustice that has most guided my work as a social photographer.”
Sebastião Salgado
GENESIS honors its biblical antecedent… there could be no more powerful reminder of all that we stand to lose.”
The New York Times
“It’s a stunning masterpiece — a true book for the ages.”
GENESIS offers a stunning visual antidote to the tougher, bleaker side of Salgado’s, the focus is not on the erosive forces of development but on the regenerative potential of awe. He crowns his project with 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
“...the exquisitely reproduced, large-format images not only take viewers on an extraordinarily beautiful journey around our planet but also provide fascinating insight into the world of this visionary photographer.”
The Financial Times
The mighty giants of our program tower at 50 to 70 cm. (19.7 to 27.6 in.)
Sebastião Salgado. GENESIS

Sebastião Salgado. GENESIS


Salgado’s Masterpiece: GENESIS – Earth Eternal

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

GENESIS is Sebastião Salgado’s love letter to the planet. It 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.

This two-volume SUMO-size edition is designed and edited by Lélia Wanick Salgado and numbered and signed by Sebastião Salgado. Quarter-leather bound, it is presented with a bookstand in cherry wood veneer designed by Tadao Ando and a clothbound caption book explaining each stunning shot.

INSTITUTO TERRAFounded 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.

Collector’s Edition of 2,500 copies (No. 501–3,000), numbered and signed by Sebastião Salgado.

Also available in five Art Editions with prints, each limited to 100 copies (No. 1–500).

The designer of the bookstand

Tadao Ando (born in 1941) is one of the world’s most renowned contemporary architects. At first a boxer, he decided to pursue architecture two years after graduating from high school. He is the only one to have won the discipline’s four most prestigious prizes: the Pritzker, Carlsberg, Praemium Imperiale, and Kyoto Prize. Ando currently works from his native Osaka.

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

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
Edition of 2,500Hardcover, two vols. with book stand46.8 x 70 cm56 kg704 pages

ISBN 978-3-8365-4372-9

Edition: English
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Auberin,October 27, 2021
These are not just prints on a page, they transport the viewer beyond the world of now. Magnificent.


Alfred B.,November 2, 2021
Habe nun schon einige Editionen verschiedener Autoren zu Hause und diese „Genesis“ Ausgabe ist nur ein Beispiel, die mich immer wieder von der herausragenden Druckqualität beim TASCHEN Verlag überzeugt. Die ganze Kette von der Bestellung bis zur Lieferung ist perfekt und somit haben Sie hier einen Kunden der sich immer wieder mal nach neuen Ausgaben bei ihrem Verlag umschaut!

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