Brazilian photographer Sebastião Salgado began his Genesis project in 2004. It consists of a series of photographs of landscapes and wildlife, as well as of human communities that continue to live in accordance with their ancestral traditions and cultures. This body of work is conceived as a potential path to humanity’s rediscovery of itself in nature. Next year’s exhibition at The Natural History Museum in London will see the culmination of his journey to capture the last wild places in the world.
The Brooks Range, Alaska
Kafue National Park, Zambia
“I’m just a photographer, and this is my point of view about the planet. We probably use less than five per cent of the deserts, and Antarctica, apart from a few bases, is untouched. We have destroyed a lot of Amazonia, but 70 per cent is still untouched. And there is very little exploitation of the land over 3,000m. Living in urban areas, we have the impression that all this has gone. The big surprise is that it’s really not.”