Sebastião Salgado: Genesis

“My love letter to the planet.”
—Sebastião Salgado

Taschen recently published Genesis, a landmark publication by the Brazilian documentary photographer Sebastião Salgado.

Genesis is the result of an epic eight-year expedition to rediscover the mountains, deserts and oceans, the animals and peoples that have so far escaped the imprint of modern society - the land and life of a still-pristine planet. "Some 46% of the planet is still as it was in the time of genesis," Salgado reminds us. "We must preserve what exists."

Over 30 trips - travelled by foot, light aircraft, seagoing vessels, canoes, and even balloons, through extreme heat and cold and in sometimes dangerous conditions - Salgado created a collection of  large-format black-and-white images showing us nature, animals, and indigenous peoples in breathtaking beauty.

The amazing book presents a selection of photographs arranged in five chapters geographically: Planet South, Sanctuaries, Africa, Northern Spaces, Amazonia and Pantanal.

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. Photograph: © Sebastião Salgado/Amazonas

Since elephants are hunted by poachers in Zambia, they are scared of humans and vehicles. Alarmed when they see an approaching car, they usually run quickly into the bush. Kafue National Park. Zambia. 2010. Photograph: © Sebastião Salgado/Amazonas

Its publication coincides with a series of Genesis exhibitions, conceived and curated by Lélia Wanick Salgado. You can check out the worldwide venues here.

The Collector's Edition is limited to 2,500 copies and comes with a custom book stand made of cherry wood designed by Japanese architect Tadao Ando. He's the only living person to have won architecture's four most prestigious prizes.

Collector's Edition 
* Limited to 2,500 copies (No. 501-3,000), numbered and signed by Sebastião Salgado
* Two volumes bound in quarter-leather and cloth
* SUMO size: 46.8 x 70 cm (18.4 x 27.6 in.), 704 pages
* Comes with a book stand made of cherry wood designed by Tadao Ando
* Also included is a cloth-bound caption book
* Delivered in a wooden cargo box (total weight: 59 kg)
* € 3,000 / $ 4,000 / £ 2,500
* Subscription prices until May 31, 2013:
€ 2,500 / $ 3,000 / £ 2,000

Genesis is also available in 5 Art Editions each limited to 100 copies. Every set comes with a gelatin silver print, signed by Sebastião Salgado and printed under his personal supervision.

Art Edition
* Limited to five editions of 100 numbered and signed sets
(No. 1–500)
* Two volumes bound in full leather
* SUMO size: 46.8 x 70 cm (18.4 x 27.6 in.), 704 pages
* Delivered in a wooden cargo box (total weight: 59 kg)
*€ 8,500 / $ 10,000 / £ 7,000
*Subscription prices until May 31, 2013:
€ 7,500 / $ 9,000 / £ 6,000