Sebastião Salgado (b. 1944, Minas Gerais) has created a new opus which is the result of an epic eight-year expedition to rediscover the mountains, deserts and oceans, the animals and peoples that have thus far managed to escape the imprint of modern society. Along with the Instituto Terra, Salgado initiated over 30 trips in which he travelled on foot, by light aircraft, seagoing vessels, canoes, and even balloons; through extreme heat and cold and in sometimes dangerous conditions.
In Genesis, one discovers the animal species and volcanoes of the Galápagos; the penguins, sea lions, cormorants and whales of the South Atlantic; Brazilian alligators and jaguars; and African lions, leopards and elephants. Through Salgado’s lens, we travel over icebergs in the Antarctic, the volcanoes of Central Africa, the ravines of the Grand Canyon and the glaciers of Alaska. We encounter the Stone Age Korowai people of West Papua, nomadic Dinka cattle farmers in Sudan, Nenets and their reindeer herds in the Arctic Circle, as well as the Mentawai jungle communities on islands west of Sumatra.
The regular edition of the book presents a selection of photographs arranged in five chapters geographically: Planet South, Sanctuaries, Africa, Northern Spaces, Amazonia and Pantanal. The Collector’s Edition of Genesis, designed and edited by Lélia Wanick Salgado, features exquisitely reproduced large-format images arranged not by theme or region but rather conceived as a portfolio that takes its readers on a journey around the globe, immersing them in Salgado’s vision of the Earth’s mesmerizing scale, order and beauty. The Collector's Edition comes with a custom book stand in cherry wood veneer, designed by Tadao Ando.
There is also an Art Edition: two volumes bound in full leather, limited to five editions of 100 numbered and signed sets. Every set comes with a gelatin silver print, signed by Sebastião Salgado and printed under his personal supervision.
Genesis is available in a Collector's Edition, or an Art Edition with a print, from Taschen.