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Sebastião Salgado´s Genesis: Photographing the pristine

10/25/2013 ISO 1200 Magazine 0 Comments

Meet the acclaimed Brazilian photographer Sebastião Salgado in this interview about his latest project ‘Genesis’ - a photographic homage to our planet in its natural state, dedicated to capturing the beauty of our planet and preserving it for the future.

“I really believe that we must deal with things in a different way, we must create another model of life.” Salgado’s photography is about what he believes, he explains: that humanity should rediscover itself in the nature of our planet, and that we should reverse the damage done to it. Humans have changed the planet without understanding our place on it: “We don’t understand the life on our planet.” The idea of the exhibition is to show us the forgotten people and places of the world, that we are in risk of loosing: “My wish is that you come to see a small sample of the planet, just a 100-150 pictures of what is pristine.”

Between 2004 and 2011, Salgado worked on the project "Genesis," aiming at the presentation of the unblemished faces of nature and humanity. It consists of a series of photographs of landscapes and wildlife, as well as of human communities that continue to live in accordance with their ancestral traditions and cultures.

Sebastião Salgado was interviewed in his studio in Paris by Marc-Christoph Wagner, 2013


Photographed by Germain Ferey
Editing by Kamilla Bruus
Produced by Marc-Christoph Wagner
Copyright: Louisiana Channel, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art.
Supported by Nordea-fonden

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P.S I had the opportunity to visit Salgado´s Genesis at Natural History Museum in London a few months ago and it is impressive. An amazing work. I would like to meet him in person.