Book of Genesis: Sebastiao Salgado at Peter Fetterman Gallery

Sebastiao Salgado ,  The Eastern Part of the Brooks Range , 2009

Sebastiao Salgado, The Eastern Part of the Brooks Range, 2009

“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.”-Genesis 1:1

Aptly entitled, Genesis, Sebastiao Salgado latest project documents the last untouched places on earth. From the magnificent mountain ranges of the Arctic to the elephants of Zambia, Salgado manages to capture each location with the sharpness of photojournalist while minding the ephemeral nature of moving light. The latter evokes a temporal feeling about earth’s purity thus adding an eerie warning about how far we have come and how much we have lost since ‘the beginning’.

In an interview with the New York Times, Salgado revealed the motivation behind the Genesis project:

“I wanted to show people what we are losing. Our very existence on this planet is in danger. I wanted to sample many different parts of the world; I went to every different region. I convinced several foundations to participate. I knew it was going to be a long-term commitment. It would take me eight years. The journey ended up leading me to surprising places.”

Perhaps even more surprising, at the time of print for the New York Times article Salgado details his concerns about finding a home for the exhibition in the US. Fortunately, Peter Fetterman Gallery, pioneers in humanist photography, provides an ideal setting to showcase the work. A preview of the Genesis Collector Edition book will also be on display for viewing. The book is scheduled to release later in the summer.

“With this project, I fell in love with my planet. This work is not about landscapes. It is about love.”

Sebastiao Salgado
June 29th – October 19thPeter Fetterman Gallery
2525 Michigan Avenue, Gallery A7
Santa Monica, CA 90404

Collette McGruder