PhotoBath is delighted to be able to present this exhibition of a small selection of Sebastião Salgado’s images from his ground-breaking ‘Genesis’ project as provided by 31 Studio.
Considered one of the most important documentary photographers and photojournalists working today, Salgado recently completed Genesis, focusing on documenting the planet’s remaining wildernesses and indigenous communities.
“So many times I’ve photographed stories that show the degradation of the planet. I had one idea to go and photograph the factories that were polluting, and to see all the deposits of garbage. But, in the end, I thought the only way to give us an incentive, to bring hope, is to show the pictures of the pristine planet – to see the innocence.”
The exhibition will take place at the Bath Royal Literary & Scientific Institution on Queen Square between 11th and 19th November 2016. Opening times: 10.30 to 17.00 everyday – Weds 10.30 to 18.00.
Salgado has personally given his permission for this exhibition. The project promises to ignite a huge interest in this world-renowned photographer and be a high point in Bath’s cultural calendar as well as enhance the city’s reputation as a ‘centre of excellence’ for photography.
We’re hoping to have the opportunity to combine a screening of the Oscar nominated film, The Salt of the Earth, the documentary about his life and work, with the exhibition. The film is directed by Wim Wenders and Juliano Ribeiro Salgado, the photographer’s son, and has been hailed as a ‘masterpiece’.
Contributions by PhotoBath members and other sympathetic sponsors who make up the strong community of photographers and creative media working in Bath and the South West have made sure the project goes ahead and paves the way for similar high profile photography exhibitions in the future.