Genesis

I have just received Sebastião Salgado’s Genesis from the postman. I bought this a few days ago on Amazon, when I noticed the absurdly low price they sold it for. I had read some good reviews about this book, which was published in April this year. Apart from the excellent photography a reason why this book stands out is its size. At 36x25cm (almost A3) and a whopping 520 pages printed on heavyweight paper, it weighs in at about 4kg! We all know size isn’t everything, but when a book like this is filled with magnificent photography it makes the price of £23.31 (with free delivery) seem like a steal.

Chinstrap penguins (Pygoscelis antarctica) on icebergs located between Zavodovski and Visokoi islands. South Sandwich Islands. Credit: © Sebastião Salgado

Chinstrap penguins (Pygoscelis antarctica) on icebergs located between Zavodovski and Visokoi islands. South Sandwich Islands. Credit: © Sebastião Salgado

I have only dipped into it for half an hour, so I have only had a look at a fraction of what is there, but the photographs I have seen made me very happy with my purchase. The subtitle gives you a good idea of what you can find inside: A Photographic Homage To Our Planet In It’s Natural State. The photos were taken over 32 trips to places all over the globe. The book starts with A chapter called Planet South (mainly Antarctica) and there are other chapters called Sanctuaries (Galapagos, Irian Jaya, Madagascar, Papua New Guinea’s Highlands, The Mentawai), Africa (The San People, The Dinka Of Southern Sudan,The Himba, A Journey Through The Old Testament, The Ethnic Groups Of Omo Valley), Northern Spaces (mainly Alaska and Canada), and Amazonia And Pantanal. There is a 17 page introduction, but after that it is just 500 pages of photographic goodness, no text or captions to distract from the images. If you are like me and want to know a bit more about the background to the pictures there is a very handy, seperately bound, insert that you can refer to for more information about the subjects of the pictures.

Southern Elephant Seal calves (Mirounga leonina) at Saint Andrews Bay, South Georgia.

Southern Elephant Seal calves (Mirounga leonina) at Saint Andrews Bay, South Georgia.
Credit: © Sebastião Salgado

As I said above I have only started to enjoy this book but I have already seen some real masterpieces. It is not a book that you’ll finish in one sitting, but one that you can savour in sections. I am sure that after having seen all the photographs it I will keep it easily accessible, so that I can dip into it whenever I like. I you are a photographer, or someone who likes photography I would highly recommend this book at this price from Amazon.

 

Genesis

 

 


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