photographer Sebastião Salgado spent six years in the Brazilian Amazon documenting the world’s largest tropical rainforest in black and white. From sweeping aerial photographs framing the vegetation in the landscape to candid portraits of indigenous peoples living across the region, Salgado’s sweeping photographs are an insightful and intimate exploration of the region today.
Titled Amazônia, a 528-page volume by Bags puts these pictures together, paying attention to naturally occurring contrasts in light and texture in the absence of color. You will explore the unique environment and the cultural milieu that Salgado experienced during his travels when he visited several small communities – the tribes include the Yanomami, the Asháninka, the Yawanawá, the Suruwahá, the Zo’é, the Kuikuro, the Waurá who have favourited Kamayurá, Korubo, Marubo, Awá and Macuxi – to create a visual record of their traditions and ways of life. “For me it is the last frontier, a mysterious universe in itself, in which the immense power of nature can be felt like nowhere else on earth,” said the Brazilian photographer. “Here is a forest that extends to infinity and contains a tenth of all living plant and animal species, the largest natural natural laboratory in the world.”
Pre-order a copy Bookstoreand keep an eye on Bags website for an upcoming art edition packaged with a signed print. You can also explore an archive of Salgado’s photographs that capture moments around the globe from Botswana and Mali to Guatemala and Vietnam Artsy.
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