Sebastiano Salgado |  Genesis – Pf

Sebastiano Salgado | Genesis – Pf

Published on: June 15, 2017

Brazilian photographer Sebastião Salgado traveled for his series Genesis worldwide. He focused on nature that has not been touched by the indigenous people living in it. The book of Genesis portrays life on earth as it was thousands of years ago.

Black and white images of his series Genesis is a response to his past community-based projects, among others staff (1993) and migration (2000). In staff focused on vulnerable workers. Na na migration he described war, natural disasters, famine, and rapid population growth fixed, but for Genesis Salgado sought the opposite of suffering in this world.

“We are not religious, we do not believe in a god, but we use the Bible word Genesis to mean the beginning.”

The beginning was for him to seek the natural state of nature. Salgado shows the weakness of the earth and makes us realize that we must protect our planet. He started the project in 2004 with his wife Lélia Wanick Salgado. In a press release, he shared with her about the meaning of the title: “We are not religious, we do not believe in a god, but we use the Bible word Genesis to mean the beginning.”


Over the past eight years he has visited more than thirty countries and remote areas, including Antarctica, Africa, Patagonia, Chile, Madagascar, New Guinea and the Falkland Islands. Sebastião Salgado recorded sea monuments, glaciers, desert landscapes, tropical rain forests, special animals and indigenous peoples living according to ancestral traditions. He searched for parts of the world that had not been touched. With his photographs of these places, he shows the viewer how unique our planet is and how untouched nature is. Her pictures encourage the public to treat animals and nature with care.

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During a press conference at the Nederlands Fotomuseum in Rotterdam, Salgado talked about his exciting photo tours. At one point he shot in an environment that put himself in danger, but nothing stopped him from taking his pictures. Salgado recounted in a thrilling way how he became friends with a whale during a boat trip.

Former Magnum photographer Sebastião Salgado (February 8, 1944, Aimorés) grew up on a ranch in Brazil. It was then that his passion in nature began. His childhood on the farm affected his future photographic career. Together with his wife, Lélia Wanick, he has ensured that the area of ​​his ancestors in Brazil once again has forests.

exhibitions Genesis now on display at the Nederlands Fotomuseum in Rotterdam. It is divided into five geographical areas: Southern Planet, Sanctuaries, Africa, Northern Territories, Amazon, and Pantanal. The exhibition consists of more than two hundred black and white photographs and is beautifully designed and collected by his wife Lélia Wanick Salgado. Salgado and Lélia considered the Nederlands Fotomuseum to be the most beautiful photographic museum in which he was allowed to exhibit.


exhibitions Genesis has been shown in many countries since 2013, including London, Rome, Paris, Rio de Janeiro and New York. In general, it has been visited more often than popular exhibitions The Human Family from 50 years. Genesis of Salgado has been visited by more than three and a half million people worldwide.

Beginning can be seen from June 15 to September 17, 2017 at the Nederlands Fotomuseum in Rotterdam.