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Natural History Museum presents Sebastiao Salgado Genesis photographs exhibition

Submitted by on April 18, 2013 – 10:21 am

Natural History Museum in London presents Sebastiao Salgado Genesis an exhibition on view 8 September 2013.

Sebastiao Salgado Steeple Jason Island is home to more than 500,000 couples of black-browed albatrosses (Thalassarche melanophris), the largest colony of albatrosses in the world. Falkland Islands, 2009.© Sebastião Salgado / Amazonas Images /nbpictures.

Sebastiao Salgado Steeple Jason Island is home to more than 500,000 couples of black-browed albatrosses (Thalassarche melanophris), the largest colony of albatrosses in the world. Falkland Islands, 2009.© Sebastião Salgado / Amazonas Images /nbpictures.

About 216 of Sebastião Salgado’s black-and-white documentary photographs are on show in Genesis. They capture some of the furthest and wildest corners of our world, portraying indigenous communities that continue to live in accordance with their ancestral traditions, and showing rare insights into their lands.

During the 8 years in which Salgado travelled around the world to produce this collection of images, he often stayed with the people he photographed.

Salgado reflects: ‘Many of us live in cities, cut off completely from the planet. My wish was to experience living with people with real links to nature… For me to go back to nature was a huge pleasure. I wished to present the planet in my language, photography. And so came Genesis.’

The exhibition’s design follows the 5 themes in Genesis: Sanctuaries, Planet South, Africa, Northern Spaces, and Amazonia and Pantanal.

Sebastião and Lelia Salgado © Richard Beliel
Many of the places represented in Salgado’s images are important research areas particularly for studying the variety of species biodiversity.

Sebastião Salgado has received many major photographic prizes in recognition of his accomplishments, and most recently the Gold Medal Award for Photography from New York’s National Arts Club.

He was born in Aimores, Brazil and now lives in Paris. His wife Leila bought him his first camera in 1970. www.nhm.ac.uk

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