Photography Salgado’s images mesmerize and warn
AMAZONIA, this new exhibition at the Science Museum, explores the recent work of famous Brazilian photographer Sebastiao Salgado.
It runs from October 13 to March 2022 and features over 200 images, highlighting the unparalleled beauty of this vast region and the critical importance of protecting it. In May 2022, he will visit the Science Museum in Manchester.
All images are in black and white and are characterized by Salgado’s incredible ability to capture reality in intense and high contrast tones, imparting a unique graphic quality and a sense of admiration to his iconic images.
Famous for documenting the social and environmental issues facing humanity, his work examines the fragile relationship between nature and human beings.
Salgado worked in the Amazon for six years and documented 12 different indigenous communities whose home are the region’s vast rainforests.
We are presented with his unique perspective on these indigenous communities, their forests and their riparian environment.
The exhibit is curated and designed by Lelia Wanick Salgado and is complemented by video interviews with indigenous leaders and activists who help place Salgado’s images in the context of the need to protect these fragile communities before he is too late.
The power of his photographs brings us closer than ever to this distant region.
From epic landscape images, views of rainforests taken from riverboats as well as aerial shots of towering waterfalls under stormy skies to intimate portraits of the people who live there, we embarked on an incredible journey through a special part of the world that we are about to lose.
Salgado said: “As a Brazilian, the Amazon with its incredible colors, rich textures and awe-inspiring vistas has always had a special place in my heart.
“During six years of traveling through the region, I have witnessed the damage that overconsumption has caused to its landscapes and its people.
“I hope visitors to the Amazon feel inspired by its beauty, but also understand the urgent need for action to prevent the loss of this unique biodiversity.”
Ends March 2022, tickets £ 10.