Salgado goes Yamal

Setting up the chum (lavvo). Photo Sebastiao Salgado

LONDON. Brazilian-born Sebastiao Salgado is one of world’s most famous photographers. Since the 1970’s he has been working on issues like workers in slave-like conditions, herders living at the edge of the Sahara desert, and indigenous peoples around the globe. His strong engagement in social and ecological questions is combined with a suberb technical skill and an eye for the beauty of the world.


From the exhibition in the Natural History Museum, London. Photo Kenneth Mikko

His latest project, Genesis has taken eight years and is ” a photographic homage to our planet in its natural state”. Together with his wife Leila, Salgado has travelled around the world, documenting nature and peoples that are still not effected or destroyed by modern society. The result is an huge exhibition, recently opened at the Natural History Museum in London, and a huge book with photos. Most material is from South America and Africa, but the Salgados have also visited Nenets reindeer herders on the Yamal Peninsula.

Nenets family in their chum. Photo Sebastiao Salgado

He travelled with them for forty days, and discovered a sense of the essential. They ”live in the most extreme weather during the winter, minus 30 – 40 degrees, they can carry with them only what the reindeers can take on their sleds. It’s the minimum we need to survive”, Salgado tells.

Info: Salgado’s homepage



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