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Sebastião Salgado. GENESIS

Hardcover with 17 fold-outs, 9.6 x 14 in., 8.31 lb, 520 pages
US$ 80
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Sebastião Salgado’s haunting black-and-white photographs from the GENESIS project record landscapes and people unchanged in the devastating onslaught of modern society and development. Taken over the course of an epic eight-year expedition, the images are divided into five broad geographic chapters: Planet South, Sanctuaries, Africa, Northern Spaces, Amazonia, and Pantanal.

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Earth Eternal

The companion volume to the world’s best attended photo show
“In GENESIS, my camera allowed nature to speak to me. And it was my privilege to listen.” —Sebastião Salgado

On a very fortuitous day in 1970, 26-year-old Sebastião Salgado held a camera for the first time. When he looked through the viewfinder, he experienced a revelation: suddenly life made sense. From that day onward—though it took years of hard work before he had the experience to earn his living as a photographer—the camera became his tool for interacting with the world. Salgado, who “always preferred the chiaroscuro palette of black-and-white images,” shot very little color in his early career before giving it up completely.

Raised on a farm in Brazil, Salgado possessed a deep love and respect for nature; he was also particularly sensitive to the ways in which human beings are affected by their often devastating socio-economic conditions. Of the myriad works Salgado has produced in his acclaimed 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 and 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. “Some 46% of the planet is still as it was in the time of genesis,” Salgado reminds us. “We must preserve what exists.” 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.

Over 30 trips—traveled by foot, 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 breathtaking beauty. Mastering the monochrome with an extreme deftness to rival the virtuoso Ansel Adams, Salgado brings black-and-white photography to a new dimension; the tonal variations in his works, the contrasts of light and dark, recall the works of Old Masters such as Rembrandt and Georges de La Tour.

What does one discover in GENESIS? The animal species and volcanoes of the Galápagos; penguins, sea lions, cormorants, and whales of the Antarctic and South Atlantic; Brazilian alligators and jaguars; African lions, leopards, and elephants; the isolated Zo’é tribe deep in the Amazon jungle; the Stone Age Korowai people of West Papua; nomadic Dinka cattle farmers in Sudan; Nenet nomads and their reindeer herds in the Arctic Circle; Mentawai jungle communities on islands west of Sumatra; the icebergs of the Antarctic; the volcanoes of Central Africa and the Kamchatka Peninsula; Saharan deserts; the Negro and Juruá rivers in the Amazon; the ravines of the Grand Canyon; the glaciers of Alaska... and beyond. Having dedicated so much time, energy, and passion to the making of this work, Salgado calls GENESIS “my love letter to the planet.”

Whereas the limited Collector’s Edition is conceived like a large-format portfolio that meanders across the planet, this unlimited book presents a selection of photographs arranged in five chapters geographically: Planet South, Sanctuaries, Africa, Northern Spaces, Amazonia, and Pantanal. Each in its own way, this book and the Collector’s Edition—both edited and designed by Lélia Wanick Salgado—pay homage to Salgado’s triumphant and unparalleled GENESIS project.
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), Workers (1993), Terra (1997), Migrations (2000), The Children (2000), Africa (2007), Genesis (2013), The Scent of a Dream (2015), Kuwait. A Desert on Fire (2016), and Gold (2019).

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. Since 1994, Lélia Wanick Salgado has been the director of Amazonas Images (until 2017) and their Paris studio.

Sebastião Salgado. GENESIS
Hardcover with 17 fold-outs, 9.6 x 14 in., 8.31 lb, 520 pages
ISBN 978-3-8365-3872-5
Edition: English
ISBN 978-3-8365-4260-9
Edition: Spanish

Customer reviews (98)

A masterful collection of gorgeous photographs

DNT, November 07, 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 06, 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 04, 2021
Beautiful work and exemplary printing job by Taschen!

Genesis by Salgado

Stephanie Pereira, November 04, 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 04, 2021
Masterful photography accompanied by textual presentation of important subjects.

Salgado is one of the best photographers in the world

Ani, November 03, 2021
GENESIS is definitely my favorite edition with Salgado's works. It's like a big "thank you" to mother nature after EXODUS (which is also shivering). Strong suggestion, not only for photography lovers but everyone who appreciates beauty in the world. Salgado is a beautiful soul (Wim Wender's The Salt of the Earth documentary testifies his contribution). He is able to turn something as simple as a whale's tail into an artwork which I would print as large as a whole wall if I could afford it.


Salvatore, November 02, 2021
Simply amazing photos. I had the joy to look every photo with my father and we both loved the content.

Trop de post-traitement à mon goût

Pierre, November 02, 2021
Le post-traitement appliqué aux photos qui est la patte du photographe désengage le regard de l'amateur malgré une qualité, un engagement politique et une variété indéniable du photographe. Les paysages proposés sont sans conteste époustouflants.

Amazing book

Stephen, November 01, 2021
Que dire sinon que les photos sont sublimes ainsi que le rendu du livre!
What else to say than how amazing the pictures are, as well as their printing!

A must-have !

Benoît, November 01, 2021
This huge book showcases a rich selection of pictures from Salgado's long career, featuring landscapes, wildlife, small tribes people and culture...
Very good print quality, but some pictures are double-page, making the center part difficult to fully enjoy.
Renzo Piano

Renzo Piano

“This amazing book is Salgado’s love letter to the planet. I love the planet too. Look at the icebergs, at the mountains, at the forests, at the rivers: they take your breath away. But I am an architect, and I love challenging all this immense and frightening beauty by building shelters for human beings.”
Illustration: Robert Nippoldt
Sebastião Salgado. GENESIS
Sebastião Salgado.
US$ 80
Sebastião Salgado. GENESIS