Sebastião Salgado

Exhibition Amazônia

© Sebastião Salgado

“I try with my pictures to raise a question, to provoke a debate, so that we can discuss problems together and come up with solutions.” – Sebastião Salgado


─── by Josh Bright, December 2, 2021

Sebastião Salgado presents Amazônia, a landmark exhibition celebrating the breathtaking landscapes and indigenous peoples of the world’s largest rainforest.

Black & White photography by Sebastião Salgado, Mariuá archipelago above the Rio Negro, Amazonas state, 2019 , amazon rainforest Brazil. From the exhibition Amazonia
Mariuá archipelago above the Rio Negro, Amazonas state, 2019 © Sebastião Salgado


One of the medium’s most masterful living practitioners, Brazilian photojournalist Sebastião Salgado is renowned for his powerful monochromatic images that articulate, with great eloquence, some of the most key questions of our age.

black and white landscape photo of Roraima state, Brazil, by Sebastiao Salgado
Cotingo River Falls. State of Roraima, 2018. © Sebastião Salgado
black and white photo of a man and woman from the Amazonian by Sebastião Salgado
Rio Gregório Yawanawá Territory, state of Acre, 2016 © Sebastião Salgado


During the course of his near-five decade-long career, he has traversed the globe, capturing some of the most extraordinary and at times, harrowing scenes imaginable. However, for his most recent project, he looked a little closer to home. Over several years he made a series of journeys through the vast section of the Amazon that covers almost the entirety of northwestern Brazil, and there, worked closely with twelve different indigenous groups to create this landmark exhibition.

Black & White photography by Sebastião Salgado, Mount Roraima, Roraima state, Brazil. Waterfall, mountain, amazon rainforest Brazil. From the exhibition Amazonia
Mount Roraima, Roraima state, Brazil, 2018 © Sebastião Salgado


Designed and curated by Lélia Wanick Salgado and soundtracked by French composer Jean-Michel Jarre, the immersive exhibition comprises over 200 breathtaking black and white images, from dramatic, large format landscapes, to intimate portraiture. It aims to convey the dramatic beauty and diversity of what the photographer calls “paradise on earth”, and thus highlight the importance of its conservation at what is a crucial tipping point in the fight against climate change.

Black & White photography by Sebastião Salgado, a Yanomami shaman performs a ritual in Amazonias, amazon rainforest Brazil. From the exhibition Amazonia
A Yanomami shaman performs a ritual at the Pico da Neblina hill, Amazonas, 2014 © Sebastião Salgado


The exhibition is on display at London’s Science Museum until March 22nd and is part of an international tour that previously visited Philharmonie in Paris,  MAXXI in Rome; SESC in Sao Paulo, and the Museum of Tomorrow in Rio de Janeiro. It will open at the Science and Industry Museum, Manchester in Spring 2022.


– Find more information on the exhibition and purchase tickets here.

All images © Sebastião Salgado