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Sebastião Salgado in New York

The photographer signs his TASCHEN books

On Friday March 31, TASCHEN New York hosted Sebastião Salgado. The world-renowned photographer and long-time TASCHEN partner signed copies of his numerous TASCHEN titles, ranging from his extraordinary “love letter to the planet”, Genesis to his most recent monograph Kuwait, an astonishing document of the Kuwaiti oil fires catastrophe of 1991.

With characteristic sensitivity to both human and environmental impact, Salgado’s pictures capture the terrifying scale of this “huge theater the size of the planet”. With a dark, epic beauty and in characteristic black-and-white, they record the ravaged landscape; the sweltering temperatures; and the oil-coated firefighters who battled day after day to bring the inferno to an end.

All photos © Erin Collett