Genesis is a photographic journey into the past - an 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. Yet Genesis is also a project that speaks urgently to our own age. By portraying the breathtaking beauty of a "lost" world that somehow survives, it proclaims: this is what is in peril, this is what we must save.
Genesis is Sebastião Salgado's third long-term exploration of global issues, following Workers and Migrations, his acclaimed examinations of the human toll wrought by radical economic and social change. This time, he is addressing our natural environment, but his approach is different. Instead of spotlighting the consequences of land, sea and air pollution and climate change, Salgado is offering a love poem in images to the majesty and fragility of our planet.
Working as always in black-and-white, Salgado is building his dossier during 32 different trips to distant corners of the globe. Each sortie from his base in Paris takes between six and twelve weeks and may involve light aircraft, helicopters, seagoing vessels and canoes as well as long hikes through difficult terrain in extremes of heat and cold. Having begun these voyages in 2004, Salgado will be finishing all the reportages at the beginning of 2012, this will end eight years of total dedication to Genesis, one of the longest photographic adventures ever undertaken by him.