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A new mammoth book takes a haunting and intimate journey through the Brazilian Amazon

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The rain in Serra do Divisor National Park is so intense it looks like a mushroom cloud. State of Acre, 2016. All images © Sebastião Salgado, courtesy of Taschen, shared with permission

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.

An igapó, a type of forest that is often flooded by river water, with palm trees and other emerging trees. In the middle of the photo is a tree whose trunk is covered with water: an Aldina (Aldina latifolia). On the right a Jauari palm (Astrocaryum jauari). Anavilhanas Archipelago, Anavilhanas National Park, Lower Rio Negro. Amazonas State, 2019.

Left: Yara Asháninka, the eldest daughter of Wewito Piyãko and Auzelina Asháninka. The little color patterns on her face indicate that a girl is not yet engaged. Kampa do Rio Amônea Indigenous Territory, Acre State, 2016. Right: Luísa, daughter of Moisés Piyãko Asháninka, paints herself in the mirror. Kampa do Rio Amônea Indigenous Territory, Acre State, 2016.

The Maiá River in the Pico da Neblina National Park in the São Gabriel da Cachoeira region. Yanomami indigenous territory. Amazonas State, 2018.

Miró (Viná) Yawanawá makes feather headdress, one of the arts beginners must learn to master. Rio Gregório indigenous territory, Acre state, 2016.

The indigenous territory of Raposa – Serra do Sol occupies two ecologically different areas: fields in the south and densely forested mountains in the north. The most important landmark is the mountain Roraima, visible in the background, whose name is associated with the mythological hero Makunaima. This hero inspired the classic novel Macunaíma by the Brazilian author Mario de Andrade. There are an estimated 140 Macuxi villages. Cotingo River Falls. State of Roraima, 2018.

#Amazon
#Black and white
#books
#Brazil
#portraits
#rainforest

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