On a very wet Saturday (this past weekend) my Son and I visited Salgado’s magnificent exhibition titled ‘Genesis’ at the Natural History Museum in London.
It was the August Bank Holiday weekend – not the quietest weekend in the year. It seemed that every child in Southern England was there to see the Dinosaurs and as everyone was wet by the time the massive queue allowed them into the Museum, the place was almost steaming with the humidity from drying clothes.
The exhibition too was crowded but in contrast to the noise elsewhere this was a haven of hushed conversation.
‘Genesis is the culmination of eight years’ travel around the globe by Sebastiao Salgado photographing its remaining pristine environments, their animals and peoples.’
There are over 200 superb, astonishing and inspiring B&W images from the furthest corners of our planet on display. The collection includes landscapes from the remotest wilderness areas of the world – Antarctica, Alaska and Siberia, to name just three – and documentary studies of the wild life, and importantly the indigenous communities and tribes still untainted by modern society, in Africa, Amazonia, Indonesia, Siberia and elsewhere.
The exhibition closes on 8 September. If you are in the UK and have an opportunity, do not miss this exhibition. This is the showcase of a Master Photographer. And also a reminder of the fragility of our planet’s biodiversity.
Finally, Genesis will surely tour – keep your eyes and ears open for news of its future destinations across the world.