Genesis, Sebastião Salgado’s new, epic photographic journey of
a book, is breathtaking. And at three inches thick, ten wide, and
fifteen tall, it is as physically substantial as its content: open it,
and the vast, wild earth seems to breathe in your hands. This
work is the result of eight years of travel in some of the planet’s
most remote places, across oceans and ice caps, deserts and jungles and arctic plains. The stunning black-and-white photography, in all its depth and intricate texture, portrays landscapes in
which the human and nonhuman—and all the land, sky, water,
and living things—are of one great and marvelous fabric. you
will turn the pages of Genesis as if walking in a dream. That
dream, it turns out, is Earth.
— Hannah Fries
SEBASTIãO SALGADO Taschen, 2013. $69.99, 520 pages.