Amazônia

Amazônia

Sebastião Salgado's latest work, Amazônia, spans seven years of photographs taken while the artist immersed himself in the far corners of the Brazilian Amazon. Through striking images of forests, rivers, mountains, and the people who live there, the artist highlights the fragility of the region's ecosystems.

This body of work is being exhibited in Paris at concurrent exhibitions, of which one is an immersive, experiential installation at the Philharmonie de Paris. Curated by Lélia Wanick-Salgado (Salgado's wife), the show features 200 photographs, giant projections, and an original score by Jean-Michel Jarre, often referred to as the "Godfather of Electronic Music," using sounds from the forest. Through these powerful images, Sebastião and Lélia Salgado, with whom he worked closely on the project, hope to prompt the thinking and actions urgently needed to protect this inestimable heritage of humanity.

Organized in tandem is an exhibition at the Polka Galerie that brings together unpublished prints as well as a selection made in close collaboration with the photographer and Wanick-Salgado.

Salgado's Amazônia is on view at Philharmonie de Paris through October 31, 2021, and at Polka Galerie through September 11, 2021.

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All images © Sebastião Salgado, courtesy of the artist.

Cauaburi River, Yanomami Indigenous Territory, State of Amazonas, 2018

Biraci Brasil, Rio Gregório Indigenous Territory, State of Acre, 2016

Jaú River, Jaú National Park, State of Amazonas, 2019

Awá-Guajá Indigenous Territory, State of Maranhão, 2013

Juruá River, State of Amazonas, 2009

Shaman Ângelo Barcelos, Yanomami Indigenous Territory, State of Amazonas, 2014

The paraná connecting the Rio Negro with the Cujuni River, State of Amazonas, 2019

Kwakway works to finish the straw roof of his oca, Suruwahá Indigenous Territory, State of Amazonas, 2017

The Rio Negro, State of Amazonas, 2009

Kuarup, Xingu Indigenous Territory, State of Mato Grosso, 2005

Formation of palm trees, State of Amazonas, 2019

Yakuikatu ritual, Xingu Indigenous Territory, State of Mato Grosso, 2005.

Mariuá archipelago, Middle Rio Negro. State of Amazonas, 2019

Family of Ypó and Tatytú Zo’é, Zo’é Indigenous Territory, State of Pará, 2009

Jaú River, Jaú National Park, State of Amazonas (2), 2019

NASA: Tracking Amazon Deforestation, April 19, 2021.

New Scientist: Sebastião Salgado's photographs show the beauty of Amazônia, June 9, 2021.

DW: Sebastião Salgado | Writing the future - A man with a mission, January 9, 2020.

Canon: In Conversation with Sebastião Salgado, November 10, 2015.

Beetles+Huxley: Interview with Sebastião Salgado, November 7, 2014.

TED: Sebastião Salgado | The silent drama of photography, May 1, 2013.

UC Berkley: Sebastião Salgado | Migrations, October 24, 2011.