2 November - 18 December 2011
East Wing Galleries
The exhibition brought together two remarkable, distinct bodies of photography to highlight the plight of the Amazonian rainforest and the people living within it.
Sebastião Salgado presented previously unseen work from his ongoing photographic essay ‘Genesis’ – that portrays landscapes in their most pristine state, and the communities still living in them, according to ancient traditions in balance with nature. Through these epic and evocative images, visitors to the exhibition were taken on a journey through environments.
I relished the opportunity to present some of my unseen images in the exhibition and highlight the beauty that must be preserved.
- Sebastião Salgado
In contrast, Per Anders Pettersson presented photographs documenting his visit to Acre, North-West Brazil with actress Gemma Arterton, to support Sky Rainforest Rescue. These images illustrated the stark reality, and level of devastation, caused by deforestation - and gave an insight into the progress being made through Sky Rainforest Rescue, which sees Sky and WWF working closely with the Acre State Government to protect this precious part of the world.
The images that we captured were beautiful and heart breaking in equal measure.
- Per Anders Pettersson