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by Royal Monceau Raffles Paris on 05/17/2016 | Art News


Le Royal Monceau – Raffles Paris, the Polka gallery and TASCHEN are pleased to present a selection of prints and editions from the GENESIS series of the Brazilian photographer Sebastião Salgado. This set of images speaks respectfully of the rightful place of man in life and society. Achieved in 8 years, Sebastião Salgado is interested more broadly in a monumental theme: the genesis of our planet.

GENESIS is a black and white photographic ode to the majesty and frailty of our earth; it is an exploded portrait of the planet Earth where live in their original state nature, animals and human beings. A plea for that Man finds, before it is too late, the founder balance that binds him to the universe and to living. The committed photographer has done over 30 trips between 2004 and 2012 – traveled on foot, by light aircraft, seagoing vessels, canoes, and even balloons, through extreme heat and cold and in sometimes dangerous conditions, with only umbilical cord a camera. The GENESIS project, along with the Salgados’ Instituto Terra, are dedicated to showing the beauty of our planet, reversing the damage done to it, and preserving it for the future.

In this exhibition, the Polka gallery gathered in the Art District, gallery of Le Royal Monceau – Raffles Paris, a selection of fourteen gelatin silver prints on baryta paper including very large formats. Each print is produced by the artist in his photo lab.

The Polka gallery represents since its creation the photographer and realized a huge exhibition of his work Workers, Exodes, Other Americas, Genesis in parallel to his retrospective at the Maison Européenne de la Photographie in 2013. This year, Sebastião Salgado has been received with honor at the Académie des Beaux-Arts de Paris.

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