Sebastiao Salgado traveled the Brazilian Amazon and photographed the unparalleled beauty of this extraordinary region for six years: the forest, the rivers, the mountains, the people who live there-an irreplaceable treasure of humanity. In the book’s foreword Salgado writes: “For me, it is the last frontier, a mysterious universe of its own, where the immense power of nature can be felt as nowhere else on earth.
Here is a forest stretching to infinity that contains one-tenth of all living plant and animal species, the world’s largest single natural laboratory.”Salgado visited a dozen indigenous tribes that exist in small communities scattered across the largest tropical rainforest in the world.
He documented the daily life of the Yanomami, the Ashaninka, the Yawanawa, the Suruwaha, the Zo’e, the Kuikuro, the Waura, the Kamayura, the Korubo, the Marubo, the Awa, and the Macuxi-their warm family bonds, their hunting and fishing, the manner in which they prepare and share meals, their marvelous talent for painting their faces and bodies, the significance of their shamans, and their dances and rituals. Sebastiao Salgado has dedicated this book to the indigenous peoples of Brazil’s Amazon region: “My wish, with all my heart, with all my energy, with all the passion I possess, is that in 50 years’ time this book will not resemble a record of a lost world.
Amazonia must live on.”INSTITUTO TERRAFounded in 1998 at Aimores in the state of Minas Gerais, Instituto Terra is the culmination of Lelia Wanick Salgado and Sebastiao Salgado’s lifelong activism and work as cultural documentarians.
Through a scientific program of planting and raising saplings, the organization has performed a miraculous reforestation of the once infertile region and furthered the Salgados’ mission of reversing the damage done to our planet.
TASCHEN is proud to reach carbon zero status through our continued partnership. Also available in a Collector’s Edition and four Art Editions, each with a signed silver gelatin print, all with a book stand designed by Renzo Piano.