Amazônia: Photography exhibition tells the story of the Brazilian rainforest and those who call it home

A new exhibition, Amazônia, which celebrates the indigenous peoples and varied landscapes of the Brazilian rainforest as told through the lens of Brazilian photographer Sebastião Salgado, has opened at London’s Science Museum.

Amazônia presents Sebastião Salgado’s view of the indigenous people and dramatic panoramas of the Amazon region through over 200 black and white images, which tell the urgent story of the forest at a crucial tipping point in the fight against climate change.

For seven years, Sebastião Salgado worked with 12 different indigenous communities to create the photography exhibition. The photographs include include lush rainforests taken from river boats, sweeping aerial shots of immense waterfalls and stormy skies, and portraits of the diverse indigenous communities that call the Amazon their home.

Curated and designed by Lélia Wanick Salgado, Amazônia is not just focused on sharing the beauty of the region’s flora and fauna but also gives an insight into the impact of deforestation and environmental damage on the communities that call the Amazon home.

Sebastião Salgado, said: “As a Brazilian, the Amazon with its incredible colours, rich textures and awe-inspiring vistas has always held a special place in my heart. Over the course of seven years travelling through the region I witnessed first-hand the damage over-consumption has had on its landscapes and people. I hope visitors to Amazônia will feel inspired by its beauty but also understand the urgent need for action to prevent this unique biodiversity being lost.”

The exhibition also includes an immersive soundtrack by Jean-Michel Jarre that brings the sounds of the rainforest indoors, and video interviews with indigenous leaders fighting to protect their home.

Amazônia is part of an international exhibition tour that began at the Philharmonie in Paris.

Images: Sebastião Salgado

Amazônia runs at the Science Museum in London until March 2022

Rosa Medea is Life & Soul Magazine’s Chief. She writes about lifestyle including sustainable and green living

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