Sebastiao Salgado: Genesis

Sebastiao Salgado’s long-awaited ‘Genesis’ project, eight years in the making and encompassing 32 countries, is finally unveiled.

Salgado is best known for his humanitarian photojournalism and received worldwide acclaim for his series ‘Workers’ (1993) and ‘Migrations and Portraits’ (2000). For this latest documentary series, Salgado has switched his focus to the natural world and the societies that have what he terms ‘real links to nature’.

There are more than 200 rich tonal black-and-white photographs in the show, portraying scenes taken in 32 countries including Rwanda, Alaska and the Falkland islands.

Venue details

Natural History Museum Cromwell Road London SW7 5BD 020 7942 5000

Entry details

£5 with National Art Pass (standard entry £10)

Daily, 10am – 5.50pm

Closed 24 – 26 Dec

What the critics say


The photographs run into hundreds, taking you soaring high above the Patagonian prairies and plunging deep into smoking volcanoes. They show the tiniest lemur in the world and the largest whale, filling the frame, and one's imagination, as it heaves through the ocean.


Exquisitely sculpted Antarctic icebergs and Algerian desert sands, close-ups of Rwandan gorillas conjuring Attenborough cinematography, are all transformed in his digital dark-room where the Fine Art element sets him apart.