New Photo Show: “Genesis” Spotlights Sebastiao Salgado’s Powerful Black-and-White Images

Sebastião Salgado, Iceberg between Paulet Island and the South Shetland Islands on the Antarctic Channel.  At sea level, earlier flotation levels are clearly visible where the ice has been polished by the ocean’s constant movement. High above, a shape resembling a castle tower has been carved by wind erosion and detached pieces of ice. The Antarctic Peninsula. 2005. © Sebastião Salgado/Amazonas Images-Contact Press Images.

The International Center of Photography (ICP) in New York City has announced it will be the first museum in the United States to present the Sebastiao Salgado exhibition, Genesis. The show features a collection of over 200 of Salgado’s expertly crafted black-and-white images.

Salgado’s Genesis — curated and designed by Lelia Wanick Salgado — is presented as five geographical regions titled: Sanctuaries, Planet South, Africa, Amazonia and Pantanal and Northern Spaces. This show is the result of a multi-year survey of global environmental issues and is meant to raise public awareness.


Sebastião Salgado, Chinstrap penguins (Pygoscelis antarctica) on icebergs located between Zavodovski and Visokoi islands. South Sandwich Islands.  2009. © Sebastião Salgado/Amazonas Images-Contact Press Images.

In 2004, noted photographer Sebastiao Salgado embarked upon a monumental quest to travel the world. A difficult journey that took him from the frozen arctic to the blazing hot desert, across oceans and through lush tropical rainforests to visit native villages and document the people, the untouched environment and the various wild animals he found there.


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. The Upper Xingu Basin is home to an ethnically diverse population, with the 2,500 inhabitants of 13 villages speaking languages with distinct Carib, Tupi and Arawak roots. While they occupy different territories and preserve their own cultural identities, they co-exist in peace. Brazil.  2005. © Sebastião Salgado/Amazonas Images-Contact Press Images.

His goal was to capture the land in its unaltered natural state to help enlighten the world about the vital importance of preserving such places, not only for our selves but also for generations to come.

The show opens on September 19, 2014 and runs through January 11, 2015. ICP is located at 1133 Avenue of the Americas in Manhattan.

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