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Salgado: Genesis
Sebastaio Salgado, 'Iceberg between Paulet Island and the Shetland Islands, Antarctica', 2005
Salgado: Genesis

After photographing brutality and violence across the globe, Sebastiao 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.

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