Sebastião Salgado. Kuwait. A Desert on FireEdition of 1,000Hardcover in clamshell box, 17.7 x 16.1 in., 22.60 lb, 188 pagine1250Edizione: Inglese Disponibilità: Disponibile
Collector's Edition (No. 101–1,100), each numbered and signed by Sebastião Salgado
Sebastião Salgado. Kuwait. A Desert on Fire1250
Sebastião Salgado in a Desert Aflame
The first major publication of Salgado’s Kuwaiti oil wells series
In January and February 1991, as the United States–led coalition drove Iraqi forces out of Kuwait, Saddam Hussein’s troops retaliated with an inferno. At some 700 oil wells and an unspecified number of oil-filled low-lying areas, they ignited vast, raging fires, creating one of the worst environmental disasters in living memory.
As the desperate efforts to contain and extinguish the conflagration progressed, Sebastião Salgado traveled to Kuwait to witness the crisis firsthand. The conditions were excruciating. The heat was so vicious that Salgado’s smallest lens warped. A journalist and another photographer were killed when a slick ignited as they crossed it. Sticking close to the firefighters, Salgado braved the intense danger, stench, pollution, and scorching temperatures to capture the ravaged landscape; the air choking on charred sand and soot; the blistered remains of camels; the sand littered with cluster bombs; the flames and smoke soaring to the skies, blocking out the sunlight, dwarfing the oil-soaked firefighters.
The epic monochrome pictures first appeared in The New York Times Magazine in June 1991 and were subsequently hailed as one of the photographer’s most captivating—and courageous—bodies of work. Adding to Salgado’s roster of international accolades, the series was awarded the Oskar Barnack Award, recognizing outstanding photography on the relationship between man and the environment.
This signed and limited Collector’s Edition Kuwait: A Desert on Fire is the first monograph of this astonishing collection. In grand-scale, museum-quality reproduction, it presents more than 80 images, interlaid with transparency paper, and printed with cutting-edge High Definition Skia Photography technology. This new era of photographic printing allows, for the first time, all visible elements captured by the camera to transfer to print, achieving a visible range close to the very limits of what the human eye can perceive and a new level of three-dimensionality on the page.
Like a breathtaking exhibition in print, the result is at once a remarkable encounter with one of Salgado’s landmark series and a major document of global history and awareness. In its pristine quality, scale, and intensity, it serves to remind us, in the photographer’s own words, “that in the brutality of battle another such apocalypse is always just around the corner.”
- First major publication of Salgado’s Kuwaiti oil wells series.
- Grand-scale, museum-quality reproduction with High Definition Skia Photography, allowing all visible components captured by the camera to be transferred to print.
- More than 80 images, interlaid with transparency paper.
- Signed by the photographer.
Collector's Edition (No. 101–1,100), each numbered and signed by Sebastião Salgado.
Also available as an Art Edition (No. 1–100) with the signed print Kuwait, 1991.
Il fotografo e autore
Sebastião Salgado ha iniziato la sua carriera come fotografo professionista a Parigi nel 1973, lavorando in seguito con le agenzie fotografiche Sygma, Gamma e Magnum. Nel 1994, insieme alla moglie Lélia, ha fondato Amazonas Images, agenzia che gestisce in esclusiva la sua opera. I suoi progetti fotografici sono stati esposti in molte mostre e pubblicati in numerosi libri, tra cui Other Americas (1986), Sahel: L’Homme en détresse (1986), Terra (1997), Migrations (2000), Children (2000), Africa (2007), Genesi (2013), Genesis (2013, versione in inglese), Genesis (2013, Collector's Editions), Exodus (2016), Kuwait (2016), Kuwait (Collector’s Editions).
Lélia Wanick Salgado ha studiato architettura e progettazione urbana a Parigi. Il suo interesse per la fotografia risale al 1970. Negli anni ’80 ha iniziato a ideare e progettare libri di fotografia e a organizzare mostre, molte delle quali dedicate a Sebastião Salgado.
Sebastião Salgado. Kuwait. A Desert on FireEdition of 1,000Hardcover in clamshell box, 45 x 41 cm, 10.25 kg, 188 pagine
ISBN 978-3-8365-6127-3Edizione: Inglese