AMAZON – An exhibition in aid of Sky Rainforest Rescue
With photography from Sebastião Salgado and Per Anders Pettersson
‘AMAZON’, an exhibition in aid of Sky Rainforest Rescue, featuring two award-winning photographers Sebastião Salgado and Per Anders Petterrson – to highlight the plight of the Amazonian rainforest and the people living within it, took place at Somerset House London and The Gallery of Photography, Dublin between November 2011 and April 2012.
The exhibition, curated by Bakul Patki, brought together two remarkable, distinct bodies of photography featuring previously unseen images. It showcased the efforts of Sky Rainforest Rescue, a partnership between Sky and World Wildlife Fund, that begun in 2009 and aims to help save one billion trees in the state of Acre, North-West Brazil.
Legendary Brazilian photographer, Sebastião Salgado exclusively presented work from his photographic essay ‘Genesis’ that began in 2004 and was exhibited at the Natural History Museum, London in the spring of 2013. The images portray 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, which remain intact despite the enormous human destruction taking place daily in the region. Salgado commented: “I relished the opportunity to present some of my unseen images in the exhibition and highlight the beauty that must be preserved”.
Renowned documentary photographer Pers Anders Pettersson presented photographs from a visit to Acre with actress Gemma Arterton, to support Sky Rainforest Rescue. These images illustrate the stark reality and level of devastation caused by deforestation – and give an insight into the progress being made through Sky Rainforest Rescue, working closely with the Acre State Government to protect this precious part of the world. Pettersson commented “The images that we captured were beautiful and heart breaking in equal measure”.
The exhibition was accompanied by a programme of educational talks and events and was be the first at Somerset House’s East Wing Galleries.