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Salgado’s masterpiece: GENESIS — Earth eternal - The companion volume to the world's best attended photo show

Salgado’s masterpiece:
GENESIS — Earth eternal

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


Sebastião Salgado. GENESIS

Edition of 2,500 + 200 APs
US$ 4,000
Edition: English
Availability: In Stock
Of the myriad works Sebastião Salgado has produced in his acclaimed photography career, three long-term projects stand out: Workers (1993), documenting the vanishing way of life of manual laborers across the world; Migrations (2000), a tribute to mass migration driven by hunger, natural disasters, environmental degradation, or demographic pressure; and this new opus, GENESIS, 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, are dedicated to showing the beauty of our planet, reversing the damage done to it, and preserving it for the future.

On over 30 trips – traveled on foot, by light aircraft, seagoing vessels, canoes, and even balloons, through extreme heat and cold and in sometimes dangerous conditions – Salgado created a collection of images showing us nature, animals, and indigenous peoples in such shocking and intense beauty it takes our breath away. In GENESIS, 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. Through Salgado’s lens, 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.

This Collector’s Edition, designed and edited by Lélia Wanick Salgado, features exquisitely reproduced large-format images arranged not by theme or region but rather conceived as a portfolio that takes beholders on a journey around the globe, immersing them in Salgado’s vision of the Earth’s mesmerizing scale, order, and beauty.
  • Collector’s Edition limited to 2,500 copies (No. 501-3,000), numbered and signed by Sebastião Salgado
  • Conceived, edited and designed by Lélia Wanick Salgado
  • Two volumes bound in quarter-leather and cloth
  • SUMO size: 46.8 x 70 cm (18.4 x 27.6 in.)
  • Comes with a book stand in cherry wood veneer designed by Tadao Ando
  • Also included is a cloth-bound caption book
  • Delivered in a wooden cargo box (total weight: 59 kg [130 lb])

Also available in 5 Art Editions each limited to 100 copies.
  • “…What we have here are images that are seen as big as the life they depict, where the viewer becomes an integral part of the panorama, spread out in humongous majesty! What is shown in the book is what must be preserved and you understand that Salgado and TASCHEN are contributing to the awareness about the world we live in, and questioning how we live in it without giving something back…GENESIS is a photographic concerto from two men who took the risk of brining immortality to a morally wounded planet…”

    — Force One, Monaco and French Riviera
  • “An astonishing work of art, its creamy pages heavy as bed sheets, its printing supernaturally rich and precise.”

    — North & South Magazine, Auckland
  • “Mr. Salgado’s images have enormous gravity and sweep, an almost godlike omniscience. His black, white, and silver hues are so rich that his images seem to have been marinated in crude oil.”

    — The New York Times Holiday Gift Guide, New York
  • GENESIS honors its biblical antecedent… there could be no more powerful reminder of all that we stand to lose.”

    — The New York Times, New York
  • “It’s a stunning masterpiece — a true book for the ages.”

    — TIME, Kira Pollack, director of photography, New York
  • “Educational institutions must buy this book for their libraries…The reader will be held by the sheer engagement of the contents of the book. And what a book! Salgado’s magnum opus is breath-taking in its scope. It’s a book to be read slowly and thoughtfully, holding the reader spellbound, with all images and no copy. A strange combination of beautiful vision and inspiration leads one to turn the pages. If you are passionate about photography you must buy this book.”

    — Art, Design and Communication in Higher Education, Glasgow
  • “These pictures are a religious experience. They celebrate the preciousness of life.”

    — Stern, Hamburg
  • “A genuine masterpiece from one of the greatest names in contemporary photography… For me it’s almost a biblical work—at once epic and fundamental—that attains the pinnacle of the art. His contribution to photography is what Beethoven’s Ninth is to music. It is a gift to humanity from a genius of image creation. It is perhaps the most amazing photography I have ever seen. A book for always.”

    —, Barcelona