21st Apr 2018
After photographing brutality and violence across the globe, Sebastião Salgado’s most recent photo-essay, Genesis, marked a rekindling of faith in the partnership between humanity and nature. Completed in 2013, the eight-year project is awesome in the truest sense of the word. Genesis is about returning to origins – finding nature in its pure, pristine state. It takes us on a journey to the remotest regions of the planet, with Salgado travelling to Antarctica on a 120ft icebreaking yacht to photograph the continent. He visited Deception Island – a dramatic, almost primeval landscape that is home to one of the world’s largest colonies of penguins, and the site of several active volcanoes.
As Salgado has said, Genesis is a “mosaic presented by nature itself,” but it is not just a romantic contemplation of the sublime, instead, it opens up a discussion about what we have done to the planet and what we must now do to protect it.