Sebastião Salgado: GENESIS

  • When the weather is particularly hostile, the Nenets and their reindeer may spend several days in the same place. North of Ob River. Inside the Arctic Circle. Yamal Peninsula. Siberia. Russia. 2011.  © Sebastião Salgado Courtesy of Amazonas images
  • The Anavilhanas, the name given to around 350 forested islands in Brazil’s Rio Negro, form the world’s largest inland archipelago. Covering 390 square miles (1,000 square kilometers) of Amazonia, they start 50 miles (80 kilometers) northwest of Manaus and stretch some 250 miles (400 kilometers) up the Rio Negro, as far as Barcelos. Amazonas, Brazil. 2009.  © Sebastião Salgado Courtesy of Amazonas images
  • Iceberg between Paulet Island and the South Shetland Islands on the Weddell Sea. Antarctic Peninsula. 2005.  © Sebastião Salgado Courtesy of Amazonas images
  • The eastern part of the Brooks Range, which rises to over 9,800 feet (3,000 meters).The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Alaska. USA. 2009.  © Sebastião Salgado Courtesy of Amazonas images
  • Portrait of Sebastião Salgado

North American Premiere

Februaary 1, 2012 to September 2, 2013 (CLOSED)

Roloff Beny Gallery, Michael Lee Crystal, Level 4 and Centre Block, Level 3

Genesis by internationally renowned photojournalist Sebastião Salgado makes its North American premiere at the ROM, organized by Amazonas images, with support of Vale and presented by ROM Contemporary Culture and Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival.  Genesis is an eight year photographic expedition traveling to 32 different locations around the planet. Showcasing over two hundred hauntingly beautiful and provocative photographs, Genesis depicts the raw beauty of the landscapes, seascapes and people that have escaped the destructive reach of modern society.  Curated by Lélia Wanick Salgado, GENESIS takes you on a journey to rediscover the far corners of the world and urges you to consider what is left of our planet, what is in peril and what is left to be saved.

Through innovative exhibitions and contemporary projects, ROM Contemporary Culture provides insight and inspiration to help our community make sense of the modern world and connect with one another.  This season, ROM: Contemporary Culture explores the issues of environment and climate change, asking: how does landscape change a culture and how does culture change a landscape?


In Conversation with Sebastião Salgado

Sebastião Salgado: The silent drama of photography


Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival Logo

This exhibition is organized by Amazonas images with the support of Vale. Presented by ROM Contemporary Culture and the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival, Sebastião Salgado: Genesis is a primary exhibition of the festival. CONTACT is supported by the Canada Council for the Arts, Celebrate Ontario, the Ontario Arts Council and the Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund.



Deepali Dewan

Senior Curator (South Asian Arts & Culture)