Sebastião Salgado on the traces of the indigenous peoples of the Amazon rainforest
traveled the Brazilian Amazon
and photographed the unparalleled beauty of this extraordinary region for six years: the forest, the rivers, the mountains, the people who live there—an irreplaceable treasure of humanity
In the book’s foreword Salgado writes: “For me, it is the last frontier, a mysterious universe of its own, where the immense power of nature
can be felt as nowhere else on earth. Here is a forest stretching to infinity that contains one-tenth of all living plant and animal species, the world’s largest single natural laboratory.” This connection to nature is echoed in Renzo Piano's bookstand design
, of which he says it “is the simplest way to have the book in levitation
. You do not even see the bookstand, you just see the book held in the air firmly. The open pages look like an albatros while flying
.” Made from mild steel with powder coated painting, threaded central rods and rubber adjustable feet, the lectern was designed exclusively for the Amazônia project
Salgado visited a dozen indigenous tribes that exist in tiny communities scattered across the largest tropical rainforest
in the world. He documented the daily life of the Yanomami, the Asháninka, the Yawanawá, the Suruwahá, the Zo’é, the Kuikuro, the Waurá, the Kamayurá, the Korubo, the Marubo, the Awá, and the Macuxi—their warm family bonds
, their hunting and fishing, the manner in which they prepare and share meals, their marvelous talent for painting their faces and bodies, the significance of their shamans, and their dances and rituals.
Sebastião Salgado has dedicated this book to the indigenous peoples of Brazil’s Amazon region: “My wish, with all my heart, with all my energy, with all the passion I possess, is that in 50 years’ time this book will not resemble a record of a lost world. Amazônia
must live on.”INSTITUTO TERRA
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.This SUMO-sized Art Edition (No. 101–200), designed by Lélia Wanick Salgado and signed by Sebastião Salgado, is presented with a clothbound companion volume, the signed print Young Hatiri Suruwahá bathes in a backwater of the Pretão stream. Suruwahá Indigenous Territory, state of Amazonas (2017), and a bookstand designed by Renzo Piano.Also available in three other Art Editions of 100 copies each and in a signed Collector’s Edition of 2,000 copies (No. 401–2,400).