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Genesis, a global phenomenon

Sebastião Salgado’s epic photo journey is an exhibition blockbuster

View of the junction of the Colorado and the Little Colorado from the Navajo territory. The
Grand Canyon National Park begins after this junction. Arizona. USA. 2010.
Photo by Sebastião SALGADO / Amazonas images
View of the junction of the Colorado and the Little Colorado from the Navajo territory. The
Grand Canyon National Park begins after this junction. Arizona. USA. 2010.
Photo by Sebastião SALGADO / Amazonas images
“In Genesis, my camera allowed nature to speak to me. And it was my privilege to listen.” — Sebastião Salgado

From Rome to Rio de Janeiro, Singapore to Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Sebastião Salgado’s Genesis exhibition has become one of the best attended photography shows of all time. Since the inaugural exhibition at London’s Natural Histoy Museum, some 3.25 million visitors have flocked to follow Salgado’s mesmerizing, decade-long journey to nature, peoples, and landscapes untouched by modern life.

In exquisite black-and-white textures, Salgado’s pictures reveal such pristine corners of the planet as Alaskan glaciers, Galápagos volcanoes, and the monumental ravines of the American Grand Canyon. With the photographer’s celebrated humanitarian sensitivity, they immerse us in indigenous communities around the world, revealing the traditional ways of life of Dinka cattle farmers in Sudan, the Stone Age Korowai people of West Papua, and jungle communities west of Sumatra. A wildlife tour like no other, they also let us watch whales leap out the ocean, bold little penguins jump off South Atlantic icebergs, and a wary, mesmerizing jaguar emerge from the Brazilian rainforest and look us right in the eye.

This remarkable “love-letter to the planet”­­ is now as global in its audience as it is in its universal message that our planet is at once extraordinary and at grave risk. Like Edward Steichen’s great The Family of Man exhibition in the 1950s, Genesis has become a worldwide touring phenomenon, taking in 43 venues to date, including such prestigious and varied locations as La Maison Européenne de la Photographie (MEP), Paris; Fotografiska, Stockholm; the ICP, New York; and Natural History Museum, Shanghai.

TASCHEN’s Genesis editions, including a Collector’s Edition, six Art Editions, and a popular edition, now in its 11th print run, present all exhibited photographs from the show in the highest reproduction quality. Hailed as an astonishing work of art in itself, the book is conceived, designed, and edited by Lélia Wanick Salgado to immerse readers in Salgado’s vision and to insist upon their own role in the Earth’s scale, majesty, and future. In the words of The New York Times, “there could be no more powerful reminder of all that we stand to lose.”
South Sandwich Islands. Chinstrap penguins (Pygoscelis antarctica) on icebergs located between Zavodovski and Visokoi islands. South Sandwich Islands. 2009.
Photo by Sebastião SALGADO / Amazonas images
South Sandwich Islands. Chinstrap penguins (Pygoscelis antarctica) on icebergs located between Zavodovski and Visokoi islands. South Sandwich Islands. 2009.
Photo by Sebastião SALGADO / Amazonas images