Sundaram Tagore Chelsea is pleased to present a specially curated selection of rarely seen landscapes by celebrated photographer Sebastião Salgado. This stunning collection of prints comprises work from his noted 'Genesis' series, as well as an image from his newest project in Brazil's Amazon rainforest, which is intended to raise awareness of threats to the region from logging, mining, dam building, cattle and soybean farming and climate change. This is an opportunity to preview work from his next photographic project.
From the ancient basalt columns of Mitsio Island, Madagascar, to sun showers over the Kamchatka Central Valley in Russia, these landscapes pay homage to nature in its original state. Salgado skillfully captures vast and remote realities where nature endures as it existed thousands of years ago. With deeply compelling narratives, these works may be photojournalistic in nature, but technically and compositionally, they stand on their own as masterful works of art. A selection of images will also be on view at Sundaram Tagore Madison Avenue at 83rd Street.
Sebastião Salgado has made it his life's work to document the impact of globalisation on humankind. In the past three decades, he has traveled to more than 100 countries for his photographic projects and devotes years to each series in order to grasp the full scope of his topic. Genesis is Salgado's third long-term series on global issues, following Workers (1986-1992) and Exodus (1993–1999). Eight years in the making, Salgado calls Genesis his 'love letter to the planet.' Currently, he is shooting in the Amazon where he is focusing on indigenous people and their vanishing environment and way of life.
About the artist
Sebastião Salgado was born in 1944 in Brazil. He lives in Paris, France. Having studied economics, Salgado began his career as a professional photographer in 1973 in Paris. He worked with various agencies including Magnum Photos until 1994, when he and Lélia Wanick Salgado formed Amazonas Images, created exclusively for his work.
Salgado's work has been the subject of numerous books including Other Americas (1986), Sahel: l'homme en détresse (1986), Sahel: el fin del camino (1988), Workers (1993), Terra (1997), Migrations and Portraits (2000), Africa (2007), Genesis (2013), The Scent of a Dream (2015) and Kuwait, A Desert on Fire (2016). Touring exhibitions of this work have been and continue to be presented throughout the world. In 2013, the book De ma terre à la Terre (From my land to the planet), a narrative account of his life and career was published, and in 2014, the documentary film The Salt of the Earth, directed by Wim Wenders and Juliano Ribeiro Salgado, was released.
Sebastião Salgado has been awarded numerous major photographic prizes. He is a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, and among other distinctions, an honorary member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In April 2016, Salgado was elected member of the Académie des Beaux-Arts of the Institut de France, for the seat previously occupied by Lucien Clergue. In July 2016, he was named Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur, France. Lélia Wanick Salgado and Sebastião Salgado have worked since the 1990s on the restoration of a portion of the Atlantic Forest in the state of Minas Gerais in Brazil. In 1998 they succeeded in turning this land into a nature reserve and created the Instituto Terra, dedicated to reforestation, conservation and environmental education.
Press release courtesy Sundaram Tagore Gallery.