Sebastião Salgado: Genesis

22nd Nov 2017 - 22nd Dec 2017

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22 November – 22 December 2017

In November 2017, Beetles+Huxley exhibited a curated selection of work from Sebastião Salgado’s monumental photo-essay “Genesis”. The exhibition contained over 30 spectacular silver gelatin prints.

Genesis follows “Workers” (1993) and “Migrations” (2000) as Salgado’s third major long-term project. Whereas his first two projects documented human plight across the globe, “Genesis”, shot over eight years from 2004, aimed to capture the few remaining environments untouched by human hands. This task took the photographer to over thirty countries including Siberia, Papua New Guinea, Alaska and The Galápagos. The series, which Salgado has called a “love letter to the planet”, consists of a vast array of images of the natural world at its most dramatic.

Included in the exhibition were photographs of endangered wildlife, landscapes of pristine and untouched environments and portraits of indigenous people. All images included are rendered in Salgado’s trademark dramatic black and white chiaroscuro. Of the project, Salgado has said: “So many times I’ve photographed stories that show the degradation of the planet. I had one idea to go and photograph the factories that were polluting, and to see all the deposits of garbage. But, in the end, I thought the only way to give us an incentives, to bring hope, is to show the pictures of the pristine planet – to see that innocence.”

Born in 1944 in Aimorés, Brazil, Sebastião Salgado is one of today’s most important photographers. Salgado has travelled to over one hundred countries during his long career and has been honoured with multiple international awards. He is a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and honorary member of The Academy of Arts and Science in the United States. He was named Master of Photography at Photo London 2015.

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Works

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Herd of Buffalos, Kafue National Park, Zambia, 2010

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Kafue National Park, Zambia, 2010

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Sand Dunes, Namib-Naukluft National Park, Namibia 2005

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Dinka Cattle Camp of Kei, Southern Sudan, 2006

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Amak Cattle Camp, Southern Sudan, 2006

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African Elephant, Kafue National Park, Zambia, 2010

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A Leopard in the Barab River Valley, Damaraland, Namibia, 2005

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Baobab Trees on a Mushroom Island in the Bay of Moramba, Madagascar, 2010

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The Roraima Tepui, Venezuela, 2006

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A Group of Wauru Fish in the Piulaga Lake, Mato Grosso, Brazil, 2005

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Giant Tortoise, Galápagos Islands, Ecuador, 2004

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Southern Elephant Seal Calves, Saint Andrew’s Bay, South Georgia, 2009

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Southern Right Whales, Valdes Peninsula, Argentina, 2004

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Southern Right Whale Tail, Valdés Peninsula, Argentina, 2004

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Chinstrap Penguins on Zavodovski Island, South Sandwich Islands, 2009

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Chinstrap Penguins on an Iceberg between Zavodovski and Visokoi Islands, South Sandwich Islands, 2009

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Chinstrap Penguins on an Iceberg between Zavodovski and Visokoi Islands, South Sandwich Islands, 2009

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Iceberg Between Paulet Island and the Shetland Islands, Antarctica, 2005

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Chinstrap Penguins, Deception Island, Antarctica, 2005

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Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Alaska, 2009

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The Confluence of the Colorado and the Little Colorado Rivers, Arizona, USA, 2010

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Bighorn Creek, Kluane National Park, Canada, 2011

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Crossing the Ob River, Siberia, Russia, 2011

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Yamal Peninsula, Siberia, Russia, 2011

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Yamal Peninsula, Siberia, Russia, 2011

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Sebastião Salgado: Genesis