On Exhibit: Sebastião Salgado’s Earthly Delights


At a time when issues about the global environment are more important than ever before, Brazilian photographer Sebastião Salgado has taken his lens on a global documentary tour to capture a portrait of a planet in a moment of perilous flux.

Over his four-decade career, Salgado has visited more than 100 countries, embarking on three major series of luscious black-and-white photographs along the way: Workers (1993), documenting the vanishing way of life of manual laborers across the world; Migrations (2000), which highlights those displaced by environmental and economic disasters; and the latest, Genesis, which documents the last few places and peoples untouched by modern civilization.


Now, through January 11, 2015, New York’s International Center of Photography celebrates the iconic photographer’s work in the exhibition Sebastião Salgado: Genesis. This new body of work is the result of an eight-year photographic survey of the globe’s remaining pristine places, with images ranging from Antarctic icebergs to Algerian sandscapes. With 200 images, the exhibition (and the accompanying book from Taschen celebrating the series) combines an artist’s eye with a documentarian’s taste for discovery—and the results are nothing short of stunning.

While this globetrotting work has earned Salgado a place among the most respected living photographers, it is still possible to add his work to your own collection. Learn how at Lofty.

images (from top): ICP Exterior (detail), photo by Charles Ludeke; Sebastião Salgado, In the Upper Xingu region of Brazil’s Mato Grosso state, a group of Waura Indians fish in the Puilanga Lake near their village. Brazil. 2005. © Sebastião Salgado/Amazonas images-Contact Press Images