March 2017 – Château Palmer’s first new exhibition of 2017 begins this month.
From 13th March to 25th August, 2017, one of the greatest photographers of his generation, the inspired and inspiring Sebastião Salgado, exhibits a selection of photographs from his work Genesis. A tribute to the planet’s last expanses of original nature, the Genesis series captures images from the four corners of the globe – a moving reminder of the beauty of the world around us, of this wild flora still untouched by humankind.
The selection made for Château Palmer, chosen by Sebastião Salgado and Lélia Wanick Salgado, curator of the exhibition, reveals our planetary garden. A garden like no other, without borders, composed of a thousand and one species of plants. Through his lens, Salgado allows us to rediscover the splendour of our planet. With his photographs, he calls on us to open our eyes to troubling truths. One of our world’s greatest treasures, indigenous nature, is disappearing. “We have left our planet behind,” says Salgado, “we must turn back to nature, and love it, contemplate it, respect it.”
Sebastião Salgado was born in 1944 in Aimorés, in the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais. An economist by training, he launched his career as a photographer in 1973 in Paris. He worked with various news photo agencies until 1994, when together, Lélia and Sebastião founded Amazonas images, an agency devoted exclusively to his photographic work. Salgado has travelled to more than 100 countries for his photo projects, which besides appearing in the press, have also been published in book form, including Other Americas (1986), Sahel, l’homme en détresse (1986), Workers (1993), Terra (1997), Migrations and Portraits (2000), Africa (2007) and Genesis (2013).
Salgado himself has since become the subject of works. The book From My Land to the Planet (Contrasto, 2014), was written by journalist Isabelle Francq. The film The Salt of the Earth (2014), a documentary on the life and work of Salgado, was directed by Juliano Ribeiro Salgado and Wim Wenders. Presented at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival, the film was awarded the Special Prize in the Un Certain Regard section; it was also nominated for the Academy Award for best documentary, and finally won the award for best documentary film at the 2015 César Awards.
Deeply committed to environmental and humanitarian causes, Salgado has notably worked with Lélia since the 1990s towards the restoration of part of Brazil’s Atlantic Forest, in the state of Minas Gerais.
Today, Salgado’s stirring exhibition, "Jardins Naturels", may be seen during visits to Château Palmer. To reserve, address a request by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org .