Doctor's Review: Medicine on the Move

October 20, 2021

© Sebastião Salgado / Courtesy of Amazonas Images

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Seeing things in black and white

Sebastião Salgado’s wife, Leila, bought him his first camera in 1970. It might have been the best gift he ever received. A documentary photographer born in Brazil, Salgado now lives in Paris and is well-known for his long-term photo essays like Workers (1993), which documents the vanishing way of life of manual labourers worldwide; and Migrations (2000), which focusses on mass migration driven by problems such as hunger, natural disasters and environmental degradation. Genesis, on now through September 8 at London’s Natural History Museum (NHM) in the UK and opening at Toronto’s Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) on May 4, will be another memorable project. A culmination of eight years of travel to 32 countries, it captures the furthest and wildest corners of our world, portraying indigenous communities that continue to live in accordance with their ancestral traditions. Salgado explains: "Many of us live in cities, cut off completely from the planet. My wish was to experience living with people with real links to nature... I wished to present the planet in my language, photography. And so came Genesis.” Timed adult tickets at the NHM £10; kids 4 to 16 £5. At the ROM adults $16; kids 4 to 14 $13. /

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