Iceberg between Paulet Island and the South Shetland Islands on the Weddell
Sea. Antarctic Peninsula, 2005.© Sebastião Salgado/Amazonas Images/nbpictures.
Sebastião Salgado’s photographic exhibition 'Genesis' is to be unveiled for its world premiere at the Natural History Museum on Thursday 11 April.
Edited, designed and curated by Lélia Wanick Salgado, the exhibition includes 200 epic black-and-white photographs that celebrate the majesty of nature and examine the balance of human relationships with our fragile planet.
Speaking about the exhibition, Sebastião Salgado commented, "'Genesis' is about beginnings. It is about the unspoiled planet, the most pristine parts, and a way of life that is traditional and in harmony with nature. I wanted to present places that were untouched and remain so to this day. I want people to see our planet in another way, to feel moved and be brought closer to it. I want them to become more conscious of the environment, to feel respect for nature because this is something that is relevant to everyone."
The culmination of eight years spent journeying through 32 countries, Sebastião Salgado: 'Genesis' draws together breathtaking images of landscapes and wildlife, alongside those of human communities that continue to live in accordance with their ancestral traditions and cultures. The photographs capture some of the planet’s most remote locations and showcase a natural world with minimal human impact.
'Genesis' is the world-leading photographer’s third long-term exploration of global issues, following Workers and Migrations. He continues, "It was my dream to open Genesis at the Natural History Museum in London. I think that the Museum conveys the same messages as Genesis and people come here to be in awe of nature."
'Genesis' is running from 11 April to 8 September 2013. Prices are as follows: £10 per adult, £5 for children and concessions, and £27 for a family ticket. A small voluntary donation is included in the price. For more information, visit the Natural History Museum website
A book titled Sebastiao Salgado: Genesis is also available through TASCHEN