Sebastião Salgado is a Brazilian social documentary photographer and photojournalist, who many consider to be one of the great photographers of our times. His work is revered amongst the public and critics alike and his current Genesis exhibition is sensational. Using black and white photography Salgado has created a collection of awe-inspiring images showing us nature, animals and indigenous people from unimaginably remote places. He gives us a rare glimpse into the hidden treasures of our world.
Genesis is the accumulation of over eight years work and exploration during which Salgado made 32 trips to some of the most extreme and far-flung corners of the planet. This exhibition brings together over 200 works of wildlife, landscapes, seascapes and indigenous people. It also aims to raise public awareness about the pressing issues of environment and climate change. It is a reminder of the breathtaking beauty that still exists on our planet.
Sebastião Salgado’s work is very special, it is breathtakingly beautiful and there is an intangible quality to each photo that is rare and precious. His work gives us a brief glance at the unimaginable beauty of the land and life of a pristine planet. He takes us to places that are so isolated that they have so far escaped the touch of modern society. Salagdo reminds us that “we must preserve what exists”.
Genesis is actually his third major series of work on global issues, following on from Workers (1993), which documents the vanishing way of life of manual labourers across the world and Migrations (2000) that shows mass migration driven by hunger, natural disaster, environmental degradation and demographic pressures.
Throughout 2015 and 2016 the Genesis exhibition is touring the world. Below is a list of the dates and venues where the exhibition can be seen:
CaixaForum, Barcelona, Spain
October 9, 2014–February 1, 2015
Sejong Art Center, Seoul, Korea
December 15, 2014–March 20, 2015
A Cordoaria Nacional, Lisbon, Portugal
CaixaForum, Palma, Spain
February 25–May 31, 2015
Amerika Haus, Berlin, Germany
April 18–August 18, 2015
Power Station of Art, Shanghai, China
CaixaForum, Zaragosa, Spain
June 18–October 12, 2015
Forti di Bard, Aosta, Italy
May 9–September 30, 2015
Kunst Foyer, Munich, Germany
October 2015–January 2016
November 12, 2015–January 10, 2016
CaixaForum, Lleida, Spain
February 4–May 1, 2016
CaixaForum, Tarragona, Spain
May 31–August 14, 2016
CaixaForum, Girona, Spain
September 14, 2016–January 10, 2017
In November 2014 – The Beetles + Huxley Galley brought together an extraordinary cross-section of Salgado’s work, including photography from Workers, Terra, Migrations, Sahel: The End of the Road, and Genesis. For more information about the gallery visit: www.beetlesandhuxley.com or click here